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BLESS THE LORD 


The “Divine Praises” 
according to the East Syriac or 
Chaldeo-Indian Liturgical Heritage 



No. 41 

DENHA SERVICES 
VIDYANAGAR, MANGANAM 
KOTTAYAM 686 018 

2007 






BLESS H IE LORI) 


The “Divine Praises” or the Liturgy of the Hours according to the East 
Syriac or Chaldeo-Indian Liturgical Heritage. 

Compiled and Edited by: 

Prof. Dr. Varghese Pathikulangara, cmi 
Dharmaram College, Bangalore 560 029, India 
Tel.+91.80.4111 6226 
Email: pathikulangara@gmail.com 
Website: www.pathikulangara.8m.net 

With the collaboration of: 

Rev. Sr Martin Mary SABS 

Rev. Fr Emmanuel Thelly CMI 

Rev. Fr Theophane Kanjooparampil CMI 

Rev. Fr Sebastian Athapilly CMI 

Rev. Fr Damon Geiger O.SS.T. 

Mr. Thomas Kalarickal 

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First Published in 1996 
Third Reprint in 2007 

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For the consideration of: 

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Heritage, especially of the Syro-Malabar Episcopal Synod and the vatic 
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CONTENTS 


Preface 

. . . vii 

Common : Evening Liturgy 

... 1 

" Night Liturgy 

. . .17 

Morning Liturgy - 

Sunday/Festal. .22 

ft tf vv 

Ferial . . .37 

Weeks of Annunciation 

. . .51 

Weeks of Epiphany 

. . .66 

Weeks of Great Fast 

. . .80 

Weeks of Resurrection 

. . .109 

Weeks of Apostles 

. . .126 

Weeks of Summer 

. . .139 

Weeks of Elijah-Sliba + Moses . . .153 

Weeks of Dedication of the Church . . .169 

All Wednesdays and Feasts of Our Lady ... 184 


The Book of Psalms . . .201 

Appendix I: Variant Karozwata for seasons. 314 
Appendix D: Little Office for the Dead . . .330 










Preface 

THE DIVINE PRAISES 


Today liturgy is best understood and explained by the 
prominent scholars as the celebration of one’s own life in 
Christ, namely, the celebration of one’s own faith 
commitment. One who is made an icon of Christ through the 
Mysteries of Initiation, grows to his/her maturity, fullness 
and perfection through the repeated celebration of the Holy 
Qurbana (the Eucharist), the Holy Mysteries (the 
Sacraments and Sacramentals), the “Divine Praises” (the 
Liturgy of the Hours), and Feasts and Fasts according to the 
rhythm of the proper liturgical year. As the Second Vatican 
Council clearly teaches, the personal activities of piety such 
as meditation, recollection, self-examination, visits to the 
blessed Sacrament, rosary, way of the Cross, and so on, have 
a definite role in facilitating one’s growth in Christ, but 
precisely as they are in tune with the proper liturgical genius 
and the flow of the liturgical cycle (SC 12-13). The great 
Saints like Theresa of Avila and Gertrude wished and prayed 
always that their devotions be conforming to those official 
prayers of the Church. 

Qurbana and the Mysteries 

The East Syriac or Chaldaic tradition understands and 
celebrates the Holy Qurbana, the Eucharistic celebration, 
as a full but summary expression of the whole salvation 
history, focussed on the Christ-event, i.e., the ecclesial 
celebration of the community’s life in Christ. The Raze, 
“the Mysteries”, namely, the Sacraments and Sacramentals, 


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are such celebrations during the decisive and important 
moments of Christian existence. 1 

The “Divine Praises” or the Liturgy of the Hours 

The “Divine Praises” is a celebration of our day-to-day 
Christian life; it is an extensive celebration of the history of 
salvation, centred around the Christ-event; in fact, it is the 
Eucharist spread out to the whole of the liturgical year. We 
may say that it is the Eucharist extended to the other hours 
of the day. By extending the Eucharistic reality even to 
every moment of our daily life, the “Divine Praises" makes 
our Christian life a continuous experience of salvation, 
fulfilling the Lord’s command to pray always. 

Prayer of the Church 

The “Divine Praises” is generally considered as the 
“canonical prayers” of priests and religious. But Vatican II 
made it clear that it is the official prayer of the Church. It 
was so in the beginning in all traditions and for all Eastern 
traditions to the present day. Just as in the Eucharistic 
celebration and in the Holy Mysteries (Sacraments and 
Sacramentals), in the “Divine Praises” also the faithful 
proclaim their identity in Christian life according to the 

1 The distinction between Sacraments and Sacramentals prescribed 
today by Latin theology and dogmatics is far from happy and calls for 
a thorough reconsideration in the light of authentic understanding of 
those realities in Eastern traditions. For example, the Holy Cross 
(Sliba), the symbol of the risen Lord and a supreme sign in all Eastern 
Churches, is a Quddasa, a sign, a Sacrament, as important as any one 
of the seven Sacraments according to the definition of the Latin 
tradition. The Holy Leaven, which is the symbol of Holy Tradition for 
Eastern Churches is another example. 



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proper ecclesial tradition.The Thomas Christians of India 
kept up this salvific tradition even up to the 17th century. 2 

Role of Signs and Symbols 

The role of signs and symbols is unique in the case of 
the ‘‘Divine Praises” as well. In comparison with other 
world religions and even with the people of Israel, the ritual 
celebration in Christianity is radically different. There we 
need a quantum leap itself to understand and use them. 
Even in the relatively superior Old Testament, the ritual was 
only an attempt to glimpse into the unrealized messianic 
future. It was only a human attempt to contact the Divine. 

In Christianity 

In the New Testament and in Christianity, it is the other 
way round. It is the worship of the already saved. It is the 
ecclesial involvement and experience of the already 
accomplished salvation. The Christians reach God neither to 
appease him, nor to bring something to his benefit, nor to 
carry some information to him. He has already bent down to 
humanity in the person of Jesus Christ. Reconciliation is 
sealed for ever through his own initiative. Hence, Christian 
worship is a celebration of how God has touched humanity, 
a proclamation of how God has united humans to himself, a 
confession of how he is ever present with us (Amman-hu-El 
- God is with us). In short, the liturgy for each Christian is 
the celebration of his/her own salvation, a celebration of what 
he/she is. 


2. Cf.V.PATHIKULANGARA, “Divine Office in Malabar Liturgy”, 

Ephemerides Liturgicae 88/2( 1974) 131-141. 



Historical Event and Liturgical Celebration 

The value and relevance of liturgical symbol almost 
always consists in its relation to the historic 
accomplishment of salvation by Jesus Christ, and so in its 
ability to lead the liturgical assembly to that original 
experience of the mystery. The first community began using 
those symbols in their worship because of their closest 
relation to the Christ-event and their aptitude for 
reawakening the same experience in themselves. That 
experience is handed over to generations precisely through 
such symbols. The Christ-event, therefore, is as real and 
active in liturgy as it was in history. Christian liturgy is a 
ritual perfected by divine realism. It is a dukrana, an 
anamnesis, a memorial, “an enactment ,in signs, of the 
history of salvation”(ID) accomplished by Jesus Christ. 

Messianic Call 

The eternally present, historicized and once for all 
Christ-event is an everlasting hymn of praise, glory and 
thanksgiving before the heavenly throne of the triune God. 
The messianic call is to enter that heavenly sphere and live it. 
The Christian living, thus, is a continuous hymn of praise and 
thanksgiving in Jesus Christ to the triune God. 

Second Vatican Council 

The second Vatican Council explains the “Divine 
Praises” thus: 

"Jesus Christ, high priest of the new and eternal 

covenant, taking human nature, introduced into this 


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earthly exile that hymn which is sung throughout all ages 
in the halls of heaven. He joins the entire community of 
mankind to Himself, associating it with His own singing 
of this canticle of divine praise. For He continues His 
priestly work through the agency of His Church, which is 
ceaselessly engaged in praising the Lord and interceding 
for the salvation of the whole world. This she does not 
only by celebrating the Eucharist, but also in other ways, 
especially by praying the divine Office.... It is truly the 
voice of the bride addressing her bridegroom; it is the 
very prayer which Christ Himself, together with His 
body, addresses to the Father. Hence all who perform 
this service are not only fulfilling a duty of the Church, 
but also are sharing in the greatest honour accorded to 
Christ’s spouse, for by offering these praises to God 
they are standing before God's throne in the name of the 
Church, their Mother”(SC 83-85). 

Apostles and the Early Church 

The Acts of the Apostles gives us sufficient information 
about the prayer life of the Apostles and the first Christian 
community. Acts 2,42 while speaking about the basic nature 
of the first Christian community, 

“And they devoted themselves to the Apostles’ teaching and 
fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers”, 
emphasizes the fact of tais proseukciis , “the prayers”. 
Plural noun with a definite article in Greek always points to 
a set of determined prayers at specific times. Thus we come 
to the conclusion that the first Christian community used to 
come together for certain prayers at fixed times. From 
other instances we understand that those prayer times were 


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mostly of the Jewish tradition. We have evidence for prayer 
at the third hour (Acts 2,1-15), sixth hour ( Acts 10,9f.), 
ninth hour {Acts 3,If.) and at mid-night {Acts 16,25f.). The 
early Church had recourse to prayer to get Peter and John 
released from prison ( Acts 12,5.12); she also renders thanks 
to the great gift of God in liberating those Apostles from the 
prison {Acts 4,14-31). St. James exhorts us to pray when 
suffering, cheerful, sick and sinful (5,13f.) and St.Paul asks 
us to sing in Jesus Christ psalms and hymns and spiritual 
songs with thankfulness in our hearts to God ( Col 3,16). 

Example of Our Lord 

Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself is the distinguished 
model, constantly inducing every Christian to pray without 
ceasing (Mt 14, 23; 26,36-44; Lk 5,16; 6,12; 9,18; 11,1; Jn 
17,9-12; etc.). 

Seven Times of Praver 

In continuation with the Jewish tradition, all Christian 
Churches developed their own pattern of community worship 
in the course of their development. Almost all of them 
completed the cycle of the “Divine Praises” with seven 
times of prayer a day. According to the Chaldaic or East 
Syriac tradition, the following are the seven times of prayer: 

1 . Rcunsa , “Evening Prayer”, celebrated at 6.00 pm. 

2. Suba’a ', “Prayer after Supper”, at 9.00 pm. 

3. Lelja, “Night Prayer”, at 12.00 mid-night. 

4. Qcila d-Sahra\ “Vigil”, at 3.00 am. 

5. Sapra , “Morning Prayer”, at 6.00 am. 

6. Quta’a’, “Prayer of Third Hour”, at 9.00 am. 

7. Eddanci', “Noon Prayer”, at 12.00 mid-day. 



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The Bishops and monastics used to celebrate all these 
seven prayer hours as far as possible in community; the 
clergy in parishes and ordinary faithful were celebrating 
only the Rcimsa in the evening and the Lelja-Sapra together 
in the morning. The European missionaries who came to 
India even as late as in the 17th century attest to the fact that 
there was a regular celebration of the Divine Office in all 
Thomas Christian parish churches at dusk and dawn. There 
was a sufficient number of clerics attached to every parish 
church in order that the said liturgical celebrations be 
properly conducted. As the missionaries attest, a large 
number of faithful too used to participate in those liturgical 
celebrations. 

Psalms 

Psalms form a major part of the ‘'Divine Praises”. All 
liturgical traditions include all the psalms in one way or 
other in their liturgy. Besides the 150 psalms, certain other 
Old Testament hymns such as Exodus 15,1-21, Isaiah 
42,10-13 -i- 45,8 and Deuteronomy 32,1-43 are also 

included in the Psalter of the Chaldaic tradition. They call it 
Dawidaja', “David’s Book”, in Syriac. The Dawidaja ’ is 
divided into 20 Hullale and subdivided into 60 Marmijata 
Two or three psalms (sometimes only one, eg.Ps 78: and Ps 
118 is divided into two Marmijata ’) form one Marmita ’ and 
two or three Marmijata ’ form one Hullala . 

The East Syriac tradition uses selected psalms for 
Ramsa\ the Evening Liturgy and other times of prayer; but 
for Lelja' , the Night Prayer they sing part of the Psalter 
continuously. In the earliest arrangement, one third of the 
Psalter was sung daily; and in a later set up it was distributed 
throughout two weeks’ time. According to the vernacular 


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Malayalam text approved by the Syro-Malabar Bishops’ 
Conference which met on November 6-7, 1985, the Psalter 
is prayed in 60 days. 

Acceptable Prayer 

The Psalter, being part of the canonical Bible, has as 
equal a divine attestation as other parts of it. In the salvific 
context, the other parts of the Bible are the salvific call of 
God addressed to man, while the psalms are positive human 
responses to that call. In fact, psalms are the prayers of the 
Old Testament people. As they are now included among the 
inspired books of the Bible, they are recognized and 
accepted by God. The sentiments and requests that we 
express today through them, therefore, are all acceptable to 
and pleasing before God. Prayers or hymns composed by 
individuals or groups in the modern context haven't such a 
certainty. Hence all traditions, both East and West, always 
lay great importance on psalms in all their liturgical 
celebrations. 

Qanone 

There is a Qanonci or antiphon at the beginning and end 
of every psalm in the Dawidaja' of the Chaldeo-Indian 
Churches. According to tradition, they are the contribution 
of Patriarch Mar Abba (+536). Most of them are a kind of 
summary of each individual psalm and an adaptation of it to 
the New Testament and ecclesial context. Traditionally they 
are added in celebration during the Lelja', the Night Prayer 
in the weeks of Great Fast. For the other hours of prayer, 
they have their own proper Qanone , mostly adapted to the 
time or context of celebration. 


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“Divine Praises” in Chaldaic Tradition 

The Chaldaic or East Syriac tradition has its own 
specialty in arranging the “Divine Praises”. As for its 
structure and timings, this tradition is very much indebted to 
the Jewish heritage and synagogue prayer style. The “Divine 
Praises” in this tradition appears to have developed in an 
attempt to extend the life of Qurbana to “non-liturgical” 
days. In the course of time, it began to be celebrated also as 
a preparation and continuation of Qurbana on liturgical days 
as well. 

Monastic Influence 

The influence of monastic communities in this particular 
case is decisive. From the earliest centuries there were 
organized monastic communities in the Chaldaic tradition. 
“Costly discipleship in following the poor, homeless and 
celibate Jesus Christ” was their ideal and target. Ktaba d- 
Masuwata, “the Book of Grades”, is considered to be their 
rule of life. They were known as “Sons and Daughters of the 
Covenant”. They have, in fact, contributed decisively to the 
ordering and content of the seven times of prayers. 

Important Personalities 

Several Fathers are involved in the formation and 
ordering of the “Divine Praises” in this tradition. Mar 
Jacob, the Bishop of Nisibis, who participated in the first 
ecumenical Council of Nicea in 325 A.D. is said to have 
been one very much interested in the proper celebration of 
the “Divine Praises”. Mar Simeon Bar Sabbae (+341) who 
courted martyrdom during the persecution of the Persian 


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Emperor Sapor II, the then Catholicos of Chaldeo-Indian 
Churches, is said to have divided the community into two 
choirs and introduced the choral recitation and singing style 
in place of the responsorial system. Similarly by arranging 
the whole prayer in “two weeks”, the first and the other, 
each choir was directed to intone the prayers alternatively. It 
remains even to the present day, something typical of the 
East Syriac tradition. 

Mar Aprem (+373) who is the Father of the Syriac 
Churches and one among the fathers of the Church and 
widely known to be the “harp of the Holy Spirit” has 
contributed immensely to the treasury of East Syriac 
liturgical heritage. Several of the hymns and prayers in it 
are composed by him. They are all very simple in language 
style and at the same time highly poetical and theological. 
They are also fully biblical and catechetical. 

Great personalities like Mar Marutha of 
Maipharkat(+ca.420), Narsai (+502) and Babai the Great 
(+609) also contributed considerably to the development of 
the Divine Office in this tradition. 

Mar Iso’-Jahb III. who led the East Syriac Churches from 
647 to 657 as the Patriarch oueht to be considered the most 
important reformer of liturgical tradition in this heritage. 
He first arranged the liturgical year in nine periods 
according to the flow of the history of salvation, centred 
around the Christ-event. 3 Then he tried to collect all existent 
manuscripts of the Divine Office and arrange them according 
to the liturgical year. He grouped them in three collections: 


3. Cf. V.PATHIKULANGARA, “The Liturgical Year of the Syro-Malabar 
Rite”, Ephemerides Lititrgicae 90(1976)173-196. 



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1. Hudra , Divine Office for all Sundays and movable 
Feast days. 

2. Gazzci\ Divine Office for all immovable Feast days. 

3. Kaskol , Divine Office for all week days. 

All the three collections were arranged in the pattern of 
seven times of prayer a day. The Bishops and monastics were 
directed to celebrate them at all seven hours; the priests in 
parishes and ordinary faithful, however, were to celebrate the 
Ramsa * in the evening and the Lelja’-Sapra’ in the morning. 

Mar Abad-Iso’ (+1328) also added a few prayers to the 
collection of the”Divine Praises”. They are all rather 
philosophical and complicated in style, while the early 
compositions are all biblical and very simple in style. 

Printing of the Syriac Books 

The Patriarchal Synod of the Assyro-Chaldean Church 
met on June 7-21, 1853 decided to abridge the manuscripts 
of the Divine Office, correct the theological errors if any 
and print it for daily use. The synodal decision was executed 
by Patriarch Peter Elias XII (+1894). He entrusted the task 
to Mar Audiso Kayyath, Metropolitan of Amed and Father 
Paul Bedjan, a known Syriac scholar and writer. They 
finished the work and published the whole thing in three 
volumes under the title, Breviarium juxta Ritum Syrorum 
Orientalium id est Chaldaeorum, from Paris in 1886-87. 
Preserving intact the variations and specialties of liturgical 
seasons and feasts, these volumes give common and variable 
prayers and hymns for each and every day throughout the 
liturgical year. > 

The same volumes with some corrections by J.-M.Voste 
and E.Rassam were reprinted in Rome in 1938 by the 


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Congregation for Oriental Churches. They, with a rather 
long preface of Eugene Cardinal Tisserant, the then 
Secretary of it, are published as the official books of the 
"Divine Praises" of the Assyro-Chaldean and Syro-Malabar 
or Chaldeo-Indian Churches. 

In the Syro-Malabar or Chaldeo-Indian Church 

As it is clear from our discussion till now, the official 
and approved book of the "Divine Praises" of the Syro- 
Malabar Church since 1938 is the Brevicirium juxta Ritum 
Syrorum Orientalium id est Chaldaeorum published by the 
Congregation in that year. But this Church also had a pre¬ 
history of the "Divine Praises", though not very much 
different from that of the Chaldean Church. 

From several documents we understand that various 
manuscripts of the same type as were used for compiling the 
Brevicirium existed also among the Thomas Christians of 
India. Many of them were burned by the European 
missionaries after the so called Synod of Diamper in 1599. 
Still they were again copied from other sources. Blessed 
Kuriakose Elias Chavara, the then Vicar General of the Syro- 
Malabarians, tried to make an abbreviation of those 
manuscripts for the use of the Malabar clergy. He abridged 
them to the shortest possible, but without losing the 
essential structure and traits of the Chaldaic liturgical 
heritage. He could not see it printed during his life time. 
Yet it was printed and published from the seminary press at 
Puthenpally in 1876, ten years before the first printing of 
the Brevicirium. It contains practically one week's 
celebration to be repeated all through the liturgical year, but 


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emphasizing the specialty of Sundays (day of Resurrection) 
and Wednesdays (honouring Blessed Virgin Mary) in East 
Syriac Tradition and giving some prayers or short hymns to 
mark the variation of liturgical seasons and feasts. The 
Syro-Malabar priests were using this volume till 1967 when 
the first vernacular volume was published. 

Feast Days 

The Divine Office for the Feast days were not included 
in the above said volume. Blessed Chavara himself 
compiled a different volume for the Feasts. He translated 
some prayers from the Brevicirium Romanum and added to 
the Syriac originals. The Feasts were all rearranged 
according to the Latin calendar as the Syro-Malabarians 
were then making use of it for the celebration of the 
Eucharist. Because of such latinization, it was denied 
permission for publication. With some corrections and with 
the permission of the Vicar Apostolic of Kottayam it was 
printed and published from Mannanam in 1894. It was being 
used mostly in the CMI religious houses only. 

In the Vernacular 

Even before the Vatican II decision to use vernacular for 
liturgical celebrations, the Syro-Malabar Bishops were asked 
by Rome to abridge the officially published Breviarium 
juxta Ritum Syrorum Orientalium id est Chaldaeorum 
(Romae 1938), translate it into Malayalam and publish it for 
regular use. Still, they only succeeded in bringing out the 
first volume in Malayalam, which is for the weeks of Great 
Fast, in 1967. Another volume for the weeks of 
Resurrection appeared in 1968 and a third one for the weeks 


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of Annunciation and Epiphany in 1971. All these were 
published by the Syro-Malabar Central Liturgical Committee 
with the permission of the Syro-Malabar Bishops’ 
Conference. 

Of these volumes, the first one for the weeks of Great 
Fast keeps a sensible fidelity to the approved Syriac sources. 
The volume for the weeks of Annunciation and Epiphany 
comes in the second rank. The one for the weeks of 
Resurrection (Ernakulam 1968) shows clearly the symptoms 
of misusing the responsible freedom, granted to individual 
Churches in making use of early liturgical sources in 
vernacular translations and compilations. 

Attempt for Approved Texts 

The Syro-Malabar Bishops’ Conference convened on 
August 21-24,1974 appointed a Commission under the 
chairmanship of Mar Joseph Powathil for preparing authentic 
texts for the "Divine Praises" in malayalam. It prepared the 
text for each liturgical season and sent them for study and 
consideration to all the Bishops, Central Liturgical 
Committee members and other experts. In 1982-1983, the 
whole thing was printed in three volumes and were given for 
experimental use in few institutions, mainly, the St.Thomas 
Apostolic Seminary at Vadavathoor, Kottayam. 

The Central Liturgical Committee convened on July 11- 
12,1985 discussed in detail these texts and submitted them 
to the Bishops’ Conference with its own suggestions. The 
Bishops’ Conference on November 6-7,1985 took decisions 
on the matter and asked the Liturgy Commission Chairman to 
publish it for use, incorporating the agreed upon corrections 


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of the Bishops’ Conference. Thus it was published in three 
volumes under the copyright of the Syro-Malabar Bishops’ 
Conference in December 1986. When it came to the 
reprint, it was published as one volume. 

The text contains only one week’s Divine Office for 
each liturgical season (the seasons of Elijah-Sliba and 
Muse ’ are joined together). Feast days are not included. 
The Dawidaja ’, the Psalter is in full according to the Syriac 
sources. Besides being faithful to the approved sources, 
appropriate passages from other writings of the fathers are 
also included. Insights of second Vatican Council are 
incorporated mainly in the Karozuta’, the proclamation 
prayer in Night Liturgy. Above all, it has brought back 
almost all the celebrational and ritual details, such as the use 
of the sanctuary veil, incensing, lighting of the lamps, 
antiphons and refrains, ritual repetitions, processions, and so 
on, which were lost during the long period of vernacular 
experimentation. 

Order of Celebration 

The vernacular texts are designed to include three times 
of Office a day: X.Ramsa’, the Evening Liturgy, l.Lelja’, 
the Night Liturgy, and 3 .Scipra’, the Morning Liturgy. 

Ramsa’, the Evening Liturgy 

In continuation with the Jewish tradition, the Chaldaic or 
East Syriac heritage considers the liturgical day as running 
from evening to evening. Ramsa’, therefore, is the 
“sacrifice of praise” at the beginning of the liturgical day. It 
has a structure very similar to the “liturgy of the 


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Catechumens” in this tradition. Lighting of the lamps with 
incensing, proclamation of the Word and procession are the 
important and impressive elements of this celebration. 

Light and Incense 

Lighting of the two lamps or candles in the sanctuary and 
the incensing connected with that are typical rites of Evening 
Liturgy. Jesus Christ is the light of the world and life of all. 
The Church is very particular in emphasizing the different 
modes of our Lord’s presence amidst us. His presence 
through the Word or Sacred scripture is a prominent one. 
The Evening Liturgy which is centred around the 
proclamation of the Word ought to stress this mode of God’s 
presence in humanity. The two lamps in the sanctuary 
symbolize the two Testaments, Old and New, in Chaldaic 
tradition. Thus the relevance of the solemn lighting of the 
lamps and incensing. This rite follows the initial psalm when 
the sanctuary veil is removed and the resurrection hymn is 
sung. Usually it is done by deacons. The biblical as well as 
oriental sense of light as life is also important in this 
connection. 

Incensing of the altar, the sanctuary, the nave and the 
community proclaims the special presence of the Lord in all 
those symbols of faith. Moreover, incensing is the sign of 
purification, pardon of sins and human response to the 
salvific call of God. The importance our brethren of other 
religions of India accord to light and incense in their 
religious worship is also an encouraging factor to lay an 
added emphasis on this ritual in the Evening Liturgy. 
Everyday during this celebration we ought to light the lamps 


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in the sanctuary and at least on Sundays and Feasts offer 
incense. 

Proclamation of the Word 

The Gospel episode of the Holy Qurbana is selected 
also for the Evening Liturgy. On solemn occasions, it is 
good to have all the four readings of the day together with 
the orations, hymns, procession, incensing, homily, and so 
on, exactly as they are conducted during Qurbana 
celebration. According to the style of East Syriac liturgical 
spirituality, the Word of God proclaimed in the Liturgy must 
fill our daily life. All inspirations for our action in life must 
flow from that Word of God. 

Procession 

‘Onita' d-Basaliqe, the “Royal Anthem” on Sundays 
and Feasts or ‘Onita' d-Ramsa ’, the “Evening Hymn” on 
weekdays and the rituals connected with that remind us of 
the pilgrim procession the early community of Jerusalem 
was conducting to the sepulchre of our Lord. Though it 
happened to be related to the welcome accorded to the 
Emperor in the Byzantine tradition, in the East Syriac 
heritage it was always conducted in honour of the Risen 
Lord. In the beginning it was conducted within the church 
itself or around it, as it was safeguarding the altar, the 
symbol of our Lord’s sepulchre and the throne of God in 
heaven. Later, especially among the Thomas Christians of 
India, it was conducted around the Cross, erected in front of 
churches. The Cross is also the symbol of the Risen Lord 
for Thomas Christians. The procession in the Evening 


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Liturgy, thus, is in fact, a proclamation of the pilgrim and 
eschatological character of the Church in this world. 

Lelja\ the Night Liturgy 

Lelja' is the Prayer of the Church in Chaldaic tradition 
before retiring to sleep at night. The faithful who have 
completely surrendered themselves to Jesus Christ in the 
Sacraments of Initiation, understanding the real value of rest 
and sleep given to them by God, thought of proclaiming it 
through an ecclesial act as they were beginning to enjoy it. 
When they tried to express it in the background of the Bible 
and their ecclesial experience the Night Liturgy was formed. 
Psalms constitute the major part of this celebration. 
Qanone, orations, hymns, praises, Karozuta’, and so on are 
all added according to the need and context. 

Lelja’-Sapra% the Night and Morning Liturgy 

The Night Liturgy begins as usual in Chaldaic tradition 
with, “Glory to God in the heights”, the angels’ hymn and 
the Lord’s Prayer; but ends not with the usual sealing 
(. Huttcimma') prayer and priestly blessing. The Morning 
Liturgy begins not in the usual style, but with the 
acclamation of the deacon, “Let us pray, peace be with us”, 
and the priestly oration. It ends, however, with the usual 
huttcimma prayer and the priestly blessing. This shows the 
ancient practice of this tradition of celebrating the Lelja'- 
Sapra ’, the Night and Morning Liturgy together. 

Today, as they are celebrated in night before retiring to 
sleep and at dawn as one gets out of sleep, the bodily rest 
and sleep come in between the Night and Morning Liturgy. 


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The bodily rest and sleep are in fact a sign and symbol in the 
light of faith. They are the signs of eternal rest that we 
expect at the end of our pilgrimage on this earth. This vision 
of the Thomas Christians which has even changed the bodily 
rest and sleep in night to become part of their liturgical 
celebration is indeed something unique. It is the rest in the 
Lord. 

Sapra\ the Morning Liturgy 

Most of the psalms, prayers, hymns, etc., in the Morning 
Liturgy express sentiments of praise and thanksgiving to the 
Lord of creation and light. It is also considered to be the 
best preparation for the celebration of the Holy Qurbcina’. 
It is good sometimes that it be combined with the first part 
of Qurbcina and be celebrated most solemnly. 

Liturgical Spirit 

The European missionaries who came to India in and 
after the sixteenth century attest to the fact that there was 
regular and orderly celebration of the Divine Office in all 
parish churches of the Thomas Christians. Not only the 
clergy but also the laity in good numbers participated in 
those celebrations. It was celebrated solemnly at dusk and 
dawn. 

Through the introduction of several activities of piety, 
such as the monthly devotions, rosary, and so on, from the 
western world, the salutary liturgical style of the Thomas 
Christians slowly began to become eroded . 4 But the laxity 


4. Cf. V.PATHIKULANGARA, Liturgy-Experience, Denha Services 39, 
Kottayam 1995. 



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evident in the present day Syro-Malabar Church in restoring 
the authentic liturgical spirit is more pathetic and 
lamentable. The Second Vatical Council has asked all the 
faithful, belonging to all ecclesial traditions, to return to 
their own authentic heritage and build upon that (SC 4; OE 6). 

The Council encourages even the Latin tradition to 
celebrate the Divine Office solemnly in parish churches on 
Sundays and Feasts. Both the clergy and laity are earnestly 
exhorted to participate in those celebrations (SC 100). The 
Eastern Churches used to do it always in community in 
churches. Those who have lost the noble practice are to 
revive it by all means. 

The faithful in Eastern traditions used to pray part of the 
"Divine Praises" at home as their family prayer. Most of the 
traditions preserve this custom even to the present day. The 
custom of the ancient Thomas Christians was not different. 
Only the Syro-Malabarians lost it in the course of Latin 
domination after the sixteenth century. 

This Book of the”Divine Praises” 

This prayer book, Bless the Lord , contains only one set 
of prayers (Romsa, Lelja and Sapra) for each liturgical 
season. The Sunday celebrations for each liturgical season 
from the book of the "Divine Praises" in Malayalam, printed 
and published by the Syro-Malabar Bishops’ Conference in 
December 1986 is translated here into English. Some 
minor changes which were found necessary for maintaining 
greater fidelity to the approved Syriac sources are done. 
The Wednesday celebration for the “Weeks of the 
Dedication of the Church” in the same Malayalam book is 
added in such a way that it may be used on all Wednesdays 


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and Feast days of our Lady. The Eddcina, the “Noon 
Liturgy”, of Passion Friday from the Syriac sources in an 
adapted form is added to the Weeks of the Great Fast, taking 
into account the nature of upawasa in the East Syriac or 
Chaldeo-Indian Churches. The Onita d-Sciprci of all days in 
the said Malayalam prayer book are also translated. As 
appendices are added a second group of kcirozwatci for the 
Lelja, the Night Liturgy, and the “Little Office for the 
Dead” in remembrance of the departed. 

The English translation was mostly done by 
Rev.Sr.Martin Mary SABS and Rev.Fr.Emmanuel Thelly CMI. 
Rev.Frs.Theophane Kanjooparampil CMI and Sebastian 
Athappilly CMI helped considerably in editing several parts 
of this prayer book. The Psalms and biblical passages are 
taken from George M.Lamsa’s English translation of the 
Syriac peshitta version of the Holy Bible, but with some 
modifications which were found essential. The D.T.P.work 
was done by Rev.Thomas Kalarickal CMI. 

The help rendered by Rev.Fr.Damon Geiger OSST during 
the final stage of its editing and compilation needs special 
mention. He, being an oriental religious of the Melkite Rite, 
having English as his mother tongue and very much involved 
in the work of translating and compiling the Melkite 
liturgical texts in English, was indeed an angel sent by God 
for making this book of "Divine Praises" as perfect as 
possible. 

Let me humbly request all those who make use of this 
prayer book to remember these generous servants of God in 
their prayers. 


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The Book of the Psalms 

Only the first 75 psalms are used in this prayer book. If 
not for the unwieldy size and cost of this book, the whole 
Dawidaja, the Book of the Psalms, which includes all the 
150 psalms and a few Old Testament hymns, would have 
been the ideal. The 75 psalms are grouped differently than 
usual for a more convenient use of them in the Night 
Liturgy. Those who like may add or reduce more psalms or 
part thereof to or from the already ascribed group of psalms. 

This book includes only a partial translation of the 
"Divine Praises" in the East Syriac or Chaldaic tradition in 
order to offer a possibility to the Syro-Malabarians or any 
community belonging to the East Syriac Heritage to praise 
the Lord in English too. 

Special thanks to one and all who have helped in one way 
or other to complete this work. 


Dharmaram College Fr.Varghese Pathikulangara cmi 

Bangalore 560 029 
July 3, 1996 

The Dukrcina of Mar Thomma Sliha 


F } S: The parts in smaller prints offer a possibility of reducing 

the length of the services. 


RAMSA 

(Evening Liturgy) 


C. Glory to God in the highest (3) 

R. Amen (3) 

C. And on earth, peace and hope to people at all times 
forever. 

R. Amen. 

C. Our Father in heaven, (congregation joins ) hallowed be 
Y our N ame ;/Y our kingdom come ;/holy, holy, holy, are 
You./ Our Father in heaven,/ heaven and earth are full of 
the grandeur of Your glory./ Angels and men cry out,/ 
holy, holy, holy, are You./ Our Father in heaven,/ 
hallowed be Your Name/ Your kingdom come/ Your 
Will be done on earth/ as it is in heaven./Give us this day 
the bread we need/ and forgive us our debts and sins,/ as 
we have forgiven those who offended us./ Do not let us 
fall into temptation/but deliver us from the evil one./For 
Yours is the kingdom/ the power and the glory, forever. 
Amen. 

C. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy 
Spirit. 

R. From all eternity and forever. Amen./ Our Father in 
heaven,/ hallowed be Your Name;/ Your kingdom 
come;/ holy, holy, holy, are You./ Our Father in 
heaven/heaven and earth are full of the grandeur of Y our 
glory ./Angels and men cry out/holy, holy, holy, are Y ou. 


Common 


i 


D. Let us pray; peace be with us. 

C. (on Sundays and Feast days) Our Lord and our God, make US 
worthy to bless with pure hearts the resurrection of Your 
only begotten Son, to extol His victory with sacred 
hymns, and to confess with those in heaven the glory of 
Your infinite power. May the hope for future life grow 
in us who commemorate and celebrate the resurrection 
of Your beloved Son, Lord of all, forever. 

C. (on ferial days) Our Lord and our God, we worship and 
praise You; and we thank You for Your infinite blessings 
upon us, Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, forever. 

R. Amen. 

Psalm of the day 

( The deacon begins the psalm, reciting the first versicle with three 

‘ Alleluias'; the first group repeats the versicle and the community recites 

it in two groups; after “Glory be to... ”, the deacon adds three ‘Alleluias'.) 

D. Let us pray; peace be with us. 

C. For all the gifts given to our race, we are bound to offer 
praise, honour, thanksgiving and adoration to the holy and 
praiseworthy Name of Your Trinity, Father, Son and 
Holy Spirit, forever. 

R. Amen. 

[On Sundays and Feast days, the community begins the hymn of 

incensing; meanwhile the celebrant blesses the incense and the 

deacon incenses exactly as during the Qurbana celebration.] 


Ramsa 


3 


Hymn of Incensing 

(Bahar Lemba...Msiha Kartcive...) 

Mighty Lord, how beautiful is your tent ! 

Our Lord Jesus Christ, mankind’s Saviour 
accept in mercy, our supplications 
like sweet smelling frankincense 
which we offer You. 

My soul yearned for the court-yard of the Lord: 

Our Lord Jesus Christ,.... 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

Our Lord Jesus Christ,.... 

D. Peace be with us. 

C. For every help and grace You have given us, which 
we can never repay, we thank You and glorify You 
unceasingly in Your Church, crowned like a spouse 
and adorned with every gift and blessing, for You are 
the Lord and Creator of all, Father, Son and Holy 
Spirit, forever. 

R. Amen. 

R. (ThuyaL.) Lord of all, we give thanks to You; 

Jesus Christ, we glorify You. 

You give life to our bodies 
and salvation to our souls. 

D. (on Sundays and Feast days) I rejoiced exceedingly 
when I heard them say: "We are going to God’s house". 

(on ferial days) I washed my hands clean and went 
around Your altar. 

R. Lord of all.... 


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Common 


C. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy 
Spirit. From all eternity and for ever. Amen. 

R. Lord of all.... 

D. Let us pray; peace be with us. 

C. O my Lord, You are indeed the Giver of life to our bodies, 
the gracious Saviour of our souls and the constant 
Preserver of our lives. O my Lord, we are bound always 
to thank, adore and glorify You; Lord of all, forever. 

R. Amen. 

Onita da-Qdam of the Season 

D. Let us pray; peace be with us. 

C. Our Lord and our God, remembering Your boundless 
mercy and continuous providence we worship and 
glorify You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, forever. 

R. Amen. 

D. (Ps.140) Lord, I call to You;/ hasten to answer 
me;/ hear my words and accept them./ ( Qanona) 
Lord, hear my words and accept my prayers. 

(community in alternating groups) Lord, I Call tO You;/ hasten 
to answer me;/ hear my words and accept them. 

Let my prayer come before You like incense,/ and the gift 
of my hands as the evening sacrifice. 

Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth;/ a guard at the door 
of my lips. 


Ramsa 


5 


So that my heart may not incline to evil things,/ nor 
practise wicked deeds with men who work iniquity;/ let 
me not eat salt with them. 

Let the just teach me and reprove me;/ let the oil of the 
wicked not anoint my head/ since my prayer has been 
against their evils. 

When their j udges are stopped by a strong hand,/ they shall 
hear my words;/ for they are sweet. 

(Ps. 14J ) I cried to the Lord with my voice;/ with my voice, 
I implored the Lord. 

I poured out my complaint before Him;/ before Him I 
declared my trouble. 

When my spirit was overwhelmed within me,/ then You 
knew my path./ On the way in which I walked/ they have 
secretly laid a snare for me. 

I looked to my right, and there was no one to advise me;/ 
there is no refuge for me;/ no one cared for my soul. 

I cried out to You, O Lord;/1 said: You are my hope and 
my portion, O Lord,/ in the land of the living. 

(Ps. 118) Your word is a lamp for my feet/ and a light to my 
path. 

I have sworn, and shall carry it out:/1 shall keep Your just 
ordinances. 


6 


Common 


I am very much afflicted;/ O Lord, give me life according 
to Your word. 

Be pleased with the words of my mouth O Lord;/ and teach 
me Your decrees. 

My soul is continually in Y our hands;/1 do not forget Your 
law. 

Sinners have laid a snare for me;/ yet I have not strayed 
from Your commandments. 

(Ps.ii6) O praise the Lord, all you nations;/ acclaim him, 
all you people! 

Strong is His love for us;/ He is faithful for ever./ Praise 
the Lord! 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy 
Spirit./ From all eternity and forever. Amen. 

D. Lord, I call to You;/ hasten to answer me;/ hear my 
words and accept them./ (Qanona ) Lord, hear my words 
and accept my prayers. 

Let us pray; peace be with us. 

C. Lord, hear the prayers of Your servants and bless us, 
sinners; because Y ou are the Healer of our bodies and 
Hope of our souls, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, 
forever. 


R. Amen. 


Ramsa 


7 


Onita d-Batar of the Season 

D. Let us pray; peace be with us. 

C. Lord, our God, holy, glorious and eternally blessed, 
we adore and praise You, Father, Son and Holy 
Spirit, forever. 

R. Amen 

D. Let us raise our voices and praise the living God. 

R. (ThuyaL.) Holy, holy, holy God 

holy, holy, mighty One 
holy and immortal One 
Lord,have mercy on us alj. 

C. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy spirit. 

R. Holy, holy,.... 

D. From all eternity and forever. Amen. 

R. Holy, holy,.... 

D. Let us pray; peace be with us. 

C. Holy God, glorious and mighty; O immortal One, who 
dwell in the holy ones in whom You are well pleased, 
we entreat You: Look upon us, O my Lord; pardon us 
and have mercy on us as You are accustomed to, at all 
times, Lord of all, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, 
forever. 

R. Amen. 

[Gospel Reading from the Qurbana of the day] 


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Common 


Karozuta 

[The Karozuta may be shortened or elaborated as in the case of 
the Holy Qurbana] 

D. Let us all stand with joy and exultation (on ferial 
days, ’’repentance and earnestness”)and let us pray 
saying: Have mercy on us, O Lord. 

R. Have mercy on us, O Lord. 

D. Father of mercies and God of all solace, our Protector 
and Provider, we implore You. 

R. Have mercy on us, O Lord. 

D. For the unity and prosperity of all the Christian 
Churches, we implore You. 

R. Have mercy on us, O Lord. 

D. For peace among nations, the prosperity and concord 
of all the countries of the world, we implore You. 

R. Have mercy on us, O Lord. 

D. For the security and prosperity of our country, we 
implore You. 

R. Have mercy on us, O Lord. 

D. For a good climate, a fruitful year, an abundant 
harvest and the prosperity of the whole world, we 
implore You. 

R. Have mercy on us, O Lord. 


Ramsa 


9 


D. For the protection of all the Bishops of the Church, for 
all the graces they need to confirm their flock in faith 
and zeal for virtuous life, we implore You. 

R. Have mercy on us, O Lord. 

D. Particularly for the health of our Holy Father Mar 
(N),head of all the Churches of Christ, our Major 
Archbishop Mar (N), our Archbishop Mar (N), our 
Bishop Mar (N) and for all their fellow-ministers, we 
implore You. 

R. Have mercy on us, O Lord. 

D. For all the priests, deacons and the faithful that they 
may serve You with pure hearts and clear conscience, 
we implore You. 

R. Have mercy on us, O Lord. 

D. For all the men and women religious that they complete 
their journey along the way of perfection and receive 
the crown of victory, we implore You. 

R. Have mercy on us, O Lord. 

D. That the Church may have plenty of zealous lay 
apostles we implore You. 

R. Have mercy on us, O Lord. 

D. For all those who have fallen asleep in the Lord and 
particularly for our dear ones and relatives, that You 
admit them into the glory of heaven, we implore Y ou. 

R. Have mercy on us, O Lord. 


10 


Common 


D. For the health of the sick, for the comfort of the 
afflicted and for the solace of the dying, we implore 
You. 

R. Have mercy on us, O Lord. 

D. For the protection and maintenance of the poor and the 
orphans and for the solace of those who are afflicted 
physically and spiritually, we implore You. 

R. Have mercy on us, O Lord. 

D. That Y ou enable us to live for the kingdom of heaven, 
depending on the prayers of our Mother the Most Holy 
Virgin Mary, Mar Yawsep and Mar Thomma Sliha, 
we implore You. 

R. Have mercy on us, O Lord. 

II 

D. That You send the angel of peace and blessing, we 
humbly beseech You. 

R. Lord, we beseech You. 

D. That You give peace to Your Church and a life free 
from sin, all the days of our life, night and day, we 
beseech You. 

R. Lord, we beseech You. 

D. For the unity in love in the fullness of the Spirit, the 
bond of perfection, we beseech You. 

R. Lord, we beseech You. 


Ramsa 


11 


D. For the remission of sins, for all the graces necessary 
for our lives, for all that is pleasing to You, we 
beseech You. 

R. Lord, we beseech You. 

D. For the blessing of the Lord, for continual grace, we 
beseech You. 

R. Lord, we beseech You. 

D. Let us commend ourselves and one another to the 
Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. 

R. To You, O Lord our God. 

D. Let us pray; peace be with us. 

C. Lord, Mighty God, to You we commend our body and 
soul; from You we ask forgiveness and blessing, 
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, forever. 

R. Amen 

D. Bless, O my Lord; let us bow down our heads for the 
imposition of hands and receive the blessing. 

C. Lord, our God, let us all who deeply believe in Your 
glorious Trinity be united in love and made worthy to 
praise and honour, thank and adore You, Father, Son 
and Holy Spirit, forever. 

R. Amen. 


12 


Common 


Onita d-Basaliqe of the Season 

D. Let us pray; peace be with us. 

[Sundays of Annunciation, Epiphany, Resurrection and Feasts 
of Our Lord: Nativity, Epiphany, Ascension, Pentecost, Cross, 
and so on ] 

C. Lord of all, for Your wonderful and indescribable 
dispensation through which You, in Your mercy and 
grace, accomplished the redemption and renewal of 
our weak nature in the First-Born of our race, we offer 
You praise, honour, thanksgiving and adoration, 
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, for ever. 

R. Amen. 

[Sundays of Great Fast, Summer, Elija-Sliba till the Feast of the 
Cross and all week days] 

C. Merciful God, look upon us in Your great compassion 
and have mercy on us. Let us be kept always in Your 
provident care; for, You alone are our hope and 
consolation. Father, Son and Holy Spirit, for ever. 

R. Amen. 

[Sundays of the Apostles] 

C. Lord our God, may the prayers of the holy Apostles, 
the petitions of the Evangelists and the supplications 
of the illustrious Martyrs, who were preachers of 
truth and sowers of peace in all creation, be with us 
always, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, for ever. 


Ramsa 


13 


R. Amen. 

[Sundays of Elija-Sliba after the Feast of the Cross and Moses] 

C. Lord of all, establish Your peace throughout the 
world, confirm Your Church by Your Cross and 
protect her children in Your grace, that they may 
always offer You praise, honour, thanksgiving and 
adoration, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, for ever. 

R. Amen. 

[Sundays of the Dedication of the Church] 

C. Lord of all, confirm Your Church in Your mercy, 
strengthen her bars in Your grace and make Your 
glory dwell always within her houses, set apart for 
Your honour, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, for ever. 

R. Amen. 

[Feasts of Our Lady] 

C. Lord of all, may the prayers and supplications of the 
Holy, Virgin Mary, full of grace and blessed Mother 
of Jesus our Lord, be always in and around us, Father, 
Son and Holy Spirit, for ever. 

R. Amen. 

[Mar Thomma Slihci, Our Father,] 

C. Our Lord and our God, may the prayers, petitions and 
supplications of our Father, Mar Thomma Sliha, the 
illustrious Saint and Martyr, be a help to us always, 
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, for ever. 


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Common 


R. Amen. 

[Martyrs and Saints] 

C. Lord of all, may the prayers of the Martyrs, the 
petitions of the Saints and the supplications of the 
illustrious Warriors who fulfilled Your Will, intercede 
always with Y ou for us, that Y our peace and tranquillity 
may remain with us at all times. Father, Son and Holy 
Spirit, for ever. 

R. Amen. 


[Doctors of the Church] 

C. Lord of all, may the prayers of the Holy Priests who 
bore witness to justice, the petitions of the illustrious 
Doctors, and the intercessions of the brave Soldiers 
who fulfilled Your Will, be always a help to us, 
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, for ever. 

R. Amen. 

[John the Baptist] 

C. Lord of all, may the prayers and supplications of the 
Martyr Mar John the Baptist, who was specially 
selected by You,the illustrious and brave preacher of 
the truth, be always a help to us, Father, Son and Holy 
Spirit, for ever. 

R. Amen. 

[All Wednesdays] 

C. Our Lord and our God, adorn us with the strong and 
invincible weapons of the prayer of Your Holy 


Ramsa 


15 


Mother, the Virgin Mary, and together with her give 
us also a place and inheritance in Your heavenly 
bridal chamber, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, forever. 

R. Amen. 

[All Fridays] 

C. Lord of all, grant life to our dead in Your mercy and 
make them stand at Your right hand. Adorn them with 
the robe of glory in Your Kingdom, and in the 
heavenly Jerusalem join them to the Just who have 
fulfilled Your Will, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, for 
ever. 

R. Amen. 

Surraya of the Season 

C. Our Father in heaven ...(as at the beginning) 

D. Let us pray; peace be with us. 

C. Lord, Y ou open the door of mercy to those who knock, 
and hear those who call upon You. Bless us with a 
peaceful and quiet evening, a comfortable night, a 
hopeful daybreak and a day filled with good works. 
Help us to please Y ou, all the days of our life, Father, 
Son and the Holy Spirit, forever. 

R. Amen. Bless, O Lord. 

C. Lord, may the hidden power, infinite blessing and 
unceasing help of Your glorious Trinity be given to us. 
May the prayer of the Holy V irgin Mary, Mar Y awsep 
and the Blessed Apostles, the intercession of our 


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Common 


Father Mar Thomma Sliha, Mar Giwargis and the 
other martyrs, of the patron (patroness) of this church, 
of the confessors and all the Saints, help us. May these 
be our refuge, help and protection from the evil one 
and all his army and lead us to eternal happiness, 
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, forever. 

R. Amen. Bless, O Lord. 

[if a Bishop or Priest leads the Divine Praises, he sings or recites the 

Huttamma facing the faithful and seals them with the sign of the Cross 

at its end] 

C. ? Huttamma ) We adore and praise You Messiah, who 
are the light of the Father. By the prayers of Your just 
ones forgive us our sins and comfort us in our 
afflictions. Lead us to Your glorious light and save 
us from all harm in our lives by the power of Your 
Cross, now, and always + and for ever. 

R. Amen. 


LELJA 

(Night Liturgy) 


C. Glory to God in the highest (3) 

R. Amen (3) 

C. And on earth, peace and hope to people at all 
times forever. 

R. Amen. 

C. Our Father in heaven, ...(as at the beginning of Ramsa) 

D. Let us pray; peace be with us. 

C. (on Sundays and Feast days) O my Lord, may the 
hidden power of Your Divinity, the wondrous 
help of Your Lordship and the great power of 
Your hands strengthen us, and in Your loving¬ 
kindness make us worthy to lift up praise and 
honour, worship and thanksgiving to You at all 
times, Lord of all, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, 
for ever. 

(on ferial days) Lord, You are the refuge of 
sinners and the comfort of the afflicted. 
Awaken us from idleness and teach us to serve 
You with diligence, Lord of all, Father, Son and 
Holy Spirit, for ever. 

R. Amen. 


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Common 


Marmita’ of the day 

D. Let us pray; peace be with us. 

C. (on Sundays) May our prayer, O my Lord, be 
pleasing to You; may our requests come before 
You; and may they be answered from the great 
treasury of Your compassion, at all times and 
seasons, Lord of all, Father, Son and Holy 
Spirit, for ever. 

(on Feast days) We beseech You, O my Lord, the 
Treasury of all help and the Fountain of all 
blessings, overflowing Sea of compassion and 
mercy, great Abyss of pardon and pity: turn to 
us, have pity and mercy upon us, as You are 
accustomed to, at all times, Lord of all, Father, 
Son and Holy Spirit, for ever. 

(on ferial days) Lord, accept the prayer we 
sinners offer You, and be pleased with it. 
Make us worthy of Your infinite Blessings, 
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, for ever. 

R. Amen. 

011113 ’ d-Lelja’ of the Season 

(the following hymn is added on all days) 

(B-Endan Sapra...Karuncinidhiyam...) 

Full of mercy, You our Lord, 
look with favour upon us, 
we who are Your own people. 

You know well, O Lord our God, 
the oppression of our foes: 
pour forth Your grace upon us. 


Lelja 


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Sea of mercy, You, our Lord, 
protect us Your children well 
from all those who exploit us; 
let the truth be our weapon 
and it shall be our fortress 
that we may sing Your glory. 

O Lord Jesus, sow Your peace 
in this world of disorder 
through the prayers of Mary. 

Remove from this world, O Lord, 

armament and enmity 

that we bless her with one voice. 

Lord Jesus, may Your prophets, 

Apostles and Church-fathers, 

Doctors and Martyrs for faith, 
pray for us, that with one voice 
we may sing with all of them, 
praising Your great Majesty. 

India’s Sliha, Mar Thomma, 
intercede now for us all, 
with our Lord and God Jesus 
that Your children may enjoy 
bliss of promised adoption 
in the Kingdom at Your side. 

He (She) who gained a rich reward 
working with true joy and love 
in the vineyard of the Lord. 

May his (her) supplications bring 

to this parish (ashram/ bhavan/ household) of us all 

God’s blessing and His mercy. 


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Remember not our many sins, 
we who received Your body 
and have drunk from Your chalice. 

On that day when You judge us, 
may Your mercy raise us up 
with all those who welcome You. 

D. Let us pray; peace be with us. 

C. Our Lord and our God, may the angels praise 
You, men glorify You and the whole creation 
worship You. Father, Son and Holy Spirit, for 
ever. 

OR 

Our Lord and our God, may the sound of our 
Alleluias and the melodies of our songs be 
pleasing to You; accept from us in Your loving¬ 
kindness the fruits of our lips, which we offer 
in praise of Your glorious Trinity, night and 
day, Lord of all, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, 
for ever. 

OR 

Our Lord and our God, every rational being 
which You have created is bound to raise 
continual glory, unceasing Alleluias, endless 
praises and voices full of thanksgiving to Your 
glorious Trinity, night and day, Lord of all, 
Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, for ever. 

R. Amen. 


Lelja 


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Subbaha, Tesbohta, Engarta, Karozuta, 

all of the Season 


D. Let us pray; peace be with us. 

C. Merciful Lord, we thank You for all the graces 
and blessings You have given us. Forgive us 
all the sins we have committed in thought, 
word, deed and negligence; stretch out Your 
hands and bless us Your children, Lord of all, 
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, forever. 

R. Amen. 


SAPRA 

(Morning Liturgy) 
(Sundays and Feast days) 


D. Let us pray; peace be with us. 

C. Lord, shed Your light on us and make us happy 
by Your coming; make us partakers of Your 
holy Mysteries; make us worthy to join the 
choirs of angels and sing and extol Your 
adorable Trinity with gratitude. You are the 
Creator and You have authority over all; You 
do not need the services of Your creatures; 
those on earth and heaven cannot ever fully 
comprehend Your wisdom, Lord of all, Father, 
Son and Holy Spirit, for ever. 

R. Amen. 

D. (Ps.lOO) Make a joyful sound to the Lord, all you 
lands/ (Qanona) Lord, the Giver of light, we 
praise You! 

(in alternating groups) Make a joyful sound to the 
Lord, all you lands./ Serve the Lord with 
gladness;/ come before Him with singing. 

Know that He is the Lord our God;/ it is He who 
has made us,/ and not we ourselves;/ we are His 
people,/ and the sheep of His pasture. 

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,/ and into 
His courts with praise./ Give thanks to Him and 
bless His Name! 


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For the Lord is good;/ His mercy is everlasting;/ 
and His truth endures to all generations. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the 
Holy Spirit/ From all eternity and forever. Amen. 

D. Make a joyful sound to the Lord, all you lands./ 
(QanonajLord , the Giver of light, we praise You! 

Let us pray; peace be with us. 

C. Our Lord and our God, we offer You praise and 
thanksgiving, because You are the Lord of all; 
You are the Creator and You give light to all, 
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, forever. 

R. Amen. 

D. (Ps.9i) He who dwells in the protection of the 
Most High/ shall abide in the shade of the 
Almighty/ (Qanona) Our Saviour Jesus Christ, 
blessed are those who hope in You! 

(in alternating groups) He who dwells in the protection 
of the Most High/ shall abide in the shade of the 
Almighty. 

I will say of the Lord:/ He is my refuge and my 
fortress,/ my God, in whom I will trust. 

Surely He will deliver you from the snare of the 
fowler,/ and from vain gossip. 

He will cover you with His pinions,/ and under His 
wings you shall trust;/ His truth shall be your shield 
and buckler. 

You shall not fear the terror of the night,/ nor the 


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arrow that flies by day. 

Nor the conspiracy that spreads in darkness;/ nor 
the pestilence that lays waste at noon . 

Thousands shall fall at your side,/ and ten thousand 
at your right;/ but it shall not come near you. 

You shall have only to behold with your eyes/ the reward of the 
wicked. 

For You, O Lord, are my trust;/ You have established Your dwelling in 
the heights. 

No evil shall befall You,/ nor shall any plague come near to Your 
dwelling. 

For He shail give His angels charge over you/ to keep you in all your 
ways. 

They shall bear you up in their hands,/ lest you strike your foot against 
a stone. 

You shall tread upon the viper and adder;/ you shall trample under 
foot the lion and the great serpent. 

Because he has loved Me,I will deliver him;/ I will set him on high/ 
because he has known My Name. 

He shall call upon Me,/ and I will answer him;/1 will be with him in 
trouble;/1 will deliver him and honour him. 

With long life I will satisfy him./ and show him My salvation. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the 
Holy Spirit./ From all eternity and forever. Amen. 

D. He who dwells in the protection of the Most 
High/ shall abide in the shade of the Almighty/ 
(Qcmoim)Om Saviour Jesus Christ, blessed are 
those who hope in You! 

Let us pray; peace be with us. 


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C. Lord, Creator and Provider of the human race, 
You are our refuge and support. Those who 
seek shelter in You and call on Your Name in 
prayer will never be disappointed, Father, Son 
and Holy Spirit, forever. 

R. Amen. 

D. (Ps.l04) Bless the Lord, O my soul M(Qanona) O 
God, glory is fitting to Your great Name. 

(in alternating groups) Bless the Lord, O my soul!/ O 
Lord, my God, You are very great!/ You are 
clothed with honour and majesty! 

You are robed in light as with a cloak;/ You stretch 
out the heavens like a curtain. 

You lay the beams of Your chambers upon the 
waters;/ You make the clouds Your chariot;/ You 
walk upon the wings of the wind. 

You make Your angels spirits,/ Your ministers are 
flaming fire. 

You laid the foundations of the earth,/ so that it 
should never be moved. 

You covered it with deep sea as with a garment;/ the waters stood 
above the mountains. 

At Your rebuke they fled;/ at the voice of Your thunder, they hastened 
away. 

The mountains rose up,/ the valleys descend to the place which You 
had fixed for them. 

You have set a boundary that they may not pass,/ lest they cover the 
earth. 

You have sent forth springs into the valleys,/ which run down among 
the hills. 


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They give drink to every beast of the field;/ the wild asses quench their 
thirst. 

By them, the birds of the heaven have their dwelling;/ from among the 
hills they sing. 

You water the hills from Your chambers;/ the earth is satisfied with 
the fruit of Your works. 

You cause the grass to grow for the cattle,/ and herbs for the service 
of man,/ that he may bring forth food from the earth. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the 
Holy Spirit./ From all eternity and forever. Amen. 

D. Bless the Lord, O my soul!//<2 anona) O God, 
glory is fitting to Your great Name. 

Let us pray; peace be with us. 

C. Lord, You bring joy to all creatures by Your 
heavenly radiance. You are the Creator of 
light, and in Your mercy, You have put a limit 
on the darkness. We worship and praise You, 
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, for ever. 

R. Amen. 

D. (Ps.93) The -Lord reigns;/ He is clothed with 
majesty!/ (Qanona) We adore You,0 Eternal One 

(in alternating groups) The Lord reigns;/ He is clothed 
with majesty! 

The Lord is clothed with strength,/ with which He 
has girded Himself. 

The world is also established,/ so that it cannot be 
moved. 

Your throne stands firm of old;/ You are from 
everlasting! 


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27 


The rivers are flowing full, O Lord!/ The rivers 
have lifted up their voice./ The rivers are flowing 
with purity. 

The Lord on high is mightier than the roar of many 
waters./ Yes, more powerful than the mighty waves 
of the sea. 

Your decrees are very trustworthy./ Holiness is 
fitting to Your house, O Lord, for ever! 

(Ps.150) Praise the Lord!/ Praise God in His holy place!/ Praise Him in 
His mighty heavens! 

Praise Him for His powerful deeds!/ Praise His surpassing greatness! 

Praise Him with the sound of trumpet!/ Praise Him with lute and harp! 

Praise Him with timbrel and dance!/ Praise Him with strings and pipes! 

Praise Him with resounding cymbals!/ Praise Him with clashing of 
cymbals! 

Let everything that lives and breathes give praise to the Lord!/ Praise 
the Lord! 

(Ps. 116) O praise the Lord, all you nations;/ acclaim 
Him, all you peoples! 

Strong is His love for us;/ He is faithful for ever./ 
Praise the Lord! 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the 
Holy Spirit./ From all eternity and for ever. Amen. 

D. (Qanona) Let us praise the Lord with every 
breath!/ we praise You, Jesus Christ, the Light! 

Let us pray; peace be with us. 

C. Lord Jesus Christ, You are the eternal light and 
the splendour of the Father. You have risen in 


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the world for the renewal and redemption of the 
human race; You have shed rays of hope for 
eternal life; we offer You praise, honour, 
thanksgiving and adoration, Lord of all, for 
ever. 

R. Amen. 

Onita d-Sapra of the Season 

(every day after “D-Sapra” we add) 

(Mariam Bsulta...Pulariprabhayil...) 

In the bright and dawning light 
we are singing with delight 
our hymns and praises to You, 

Saviour of all creation. 

Grant a day of peace and hope 
in Your mercy, Lord of all, 
and remission of our sins; 
lead us on the path of Good. 

May Your children never lose 
the strong hope we place in You. 

Lord of all, close not the door 
in Your weak, frail children’s face. 

You know, Father, our follies 
and the weakness of our race. 

Reward us with Your mercy; 
look not on our little worth. 

Sow on earth Your unity, 
peace and charity, O Lord. 

May all those who tend Your sheep 


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see much good fruit in that field. 

Heal the sick; lift those who fall, 
bestow health to one and all; 
cleanse the sins from every one, 
increase holiness in all. 

D. Let us pray; peace be with us. 

C. Our Lord and our God, all the creatures are 
waiting for Your coming. Make us worthy to 
enjoy eternal bliss with Your Saints in the 
heavenly Jerusalem, Father, Son and Holy 
Spirit, for ever. 

R. Amen. 

D. Light has dawned in darkness to the just; and 
joy to the upright. 


(Mar Aprem's Hymn, whose stanzas begin with the letters 
oflSOH Ml SI HA) [Thuyai...] 

Isoh who is Christ our Lord 
for us from the Father dawned, 
leading us from darkest night, 

He has clothed us with His light. 

Shining forth, He gave us day, 
pow’rs of darkness fled away. 

In His light, we see the light, 
darkened eyes regain their sight. 

On the world His glory shines, 

Christ illumines deepest depths. 

Death has died and darkness flees, 

Hade’s gates are shattered wide. 


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He enlightened by His light 
those who were in darkness caught, 
all who lay in dust of death 
rose up and His praises sang. 

Man He saved and life bestowed, 
then unto His Father rose; 
with great glory He shall come, 
granting light to those who hope. 

Isoh comes as King again; 
let us light our lamps and go 
that we may meet Him with joy 
and rejoice in endless light. 

Sing praise to His Majesty; 
thank and bless His great Father 
Who in mercy sent His Son 
for our hope and salvation. 

In surprise His day will come, 
and His waiting saints who toiled 
light their lamps and all go forth 
to encounter their dear Lord. 

Holy angels share the joy 
in the glory of the just 
and shall crown them, as deserved, 
singing praises with one voice. 

All you brethren, rouse yourselves; 

Let us thank our Saviour King 
Who shall come to gladden us 
in His Kingdom, full of light. 

D. Heaven and earth rejoiced in the dawning light of Christ. 

(Thuyai...) 

Error’s darkness came like night, 
spread and covered creation; 
then shone forth the light of Christ, 
bringing comfort to the world. 


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31 


Days from Adam until now 
were like watches of the night; 
the appearance of the Christ 
is like daytime, bright and cool. 

Our Lord likened His preaching 
to the time of morning light; 

And the end of this our world 
is like evening after toil. 

Prophets, fathers, priests and kings 
longed in hope for this great day. 
And the Lord did give them rest 
through His advent, port of hope. 
Creatures which were crushed in sin 
found their rest at His coming; 
and they sang the hymn of praise 
with His angels and His Saints. 

With all those who welcomed Him 
a new covenant was made; 
and He sealed it with His blood 
that His promise firm might stand. 
By that promise of our Lord 
heav’n and earth were joined as one. 
And they now await in hope 
the new day of His coming. 

Soon draws near the final day 
when He comes with our reward. 
Come, prepare with unity 
to go out to meet the Lord. 

Light our lamps with oil of love 
for that awesome coming day; 
lest we hear those dreaded words: 

“I know not you nor your deeds!” 

Till that day when death shall come 
trade with talents He provides, 
that we hear His promised words: 
“Come, receive your due reward!” 
While on earth our lives we lead. 


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let us guide our thoughts and deeds, 

by faith, hope and charity 

that we reach our heavenly goal. 

D. Light has dawned in darkness to the just; and joy 
the upright. 

Hymn of the Three in Furnace: (Thuyai...) 

All creation, bless the Lord, 
and His praises sing with joy; 
vault of sky with all it holds, 
bless the Lord, the God of all. 

(Tam’a’) We give praise with angel hosts 
for that glorious morning when- 
Christ will come to raise the dead 
and bestow deserved reward. 

Angels and the heav'nly hosts, 
army of the Mighty God, 
rain and snow and heat and cold, 
bless the Lord, the God of all. 

Sun and moon and stars and light, 
day and night and wind and breeze, 
lightning thunder, clouds and storm, 
bless the Lord, the God of all. 

Mountains, hills and seas and springs, 
and the beasts that live in them, 
and the grass and shrubs and trees, 
bless the Lord, the God of all. 

Birds and flies and worms and fish, 
and the priests and sons of men, 
just and martyrs and the saints, 
bless the Lord, the God of all. 

Three young men, so shining bright, 
walking safe in fire that burns, 


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chosen ones, with Israel, 
bless the Lord, the God of all. 

(Tara'a') We give praise with angel hosts 
for that glorious morning when- 
Christ will come to raise the dead 
and bestow deserved reward. 

Glory to the Father be, 
only Son and Spirit blest; 
as from all eternity 
now and ever, may it be. 

Keep us safe and sound, O Lord, 
in this world that fades away. 

Keep us in Your mercy, Lord, 
on that day You come to judge. 

When that splendid morning dawns 
and You grant us, Lord, Your grace, 
give us gifts of peace and joy, 
worthy of the life that lasts. 

As we know, You are the Light, 

Light from Light and God from God, 

with the angels we await 

with the hope to see You come. 

D. Let us pray; peace be with us. 

C. Lord of all, we praise and exalt, honour and sing to 
the hidden and occult, blessed and 
incomprehensible nature of Your glorious Trinity at 
all times, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, forever. 

R. Amen. 


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Tesbohta 

(Lciikci Esal...Deivcipithavinu...) 

Glory to God in the highest 
and on earth peace and hope to all. 

We worship You; we adore You; 
we sing praises to Your glory: 

You who are the eternal God, 
the awesome and mysterious One. 

Father, Son and Holy Spirit: 

Great King of kings and Lord of lords, 
Who dwell in uncreated Light. 

No one has nor can behold You. 

You alone are the Holy One, 
the Mighty and Immortal God. 

We sing Your praises gratefully 
through Jesus Christ who intercedes. 

He is Son of God the Most High 
and the Saviour of all the world. 

You are the Lamb of the living God, 
taking away the sins of the world. 

Hear us, O Lord, who are enthroned 
at the right hand of Your Father. 

Have mercy on us; hear our prayer. 

For You are our God, You our Lord. 

You are our Saviour and our King. 

You alone can forgive our sins. 

The eyes of all are turned to You, 

You alone, our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Glory be to God Your Father, 

Glory to the Holy Spirit 
and glory be to You, O Lord: 

For all eternity. Amen. 

D. Let us pray; peace be with us. 


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C. We offer You, O Lord, Your Anointed One and 
Your life giving, divine and Holy Spirit praise 
and honour, worship and thanksgiving, at all 
times, Lord of all, for ever. 

R. Amen. 

D. Let us raise our voices and praise the living 
God. 

R. (Thuyai...) Holy, holy, holy God 

holy, holy, mighty One 
holy and immortal One 
Lord, have mercy on us all. 

C. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. 

R. Holy, holy,... 

D. From all eternity and for ever. Amen. 

R. Holy, holy,... 

C. Our Father in heaven ,...(as at the beginning of Ramsa) 

D. Let us pray; peace be with us. 

C. Lord, Your Name is holy; Your abode is holy; 
those who dwell in heaven and worship You 
are holy; You sanctify our hearts which are the 
temples of God. You purify our conscience; 
You forgive our sins, God who sanctifies all, 
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, for ever. 

R. Amen. Bless, O Lord. 

C. Lord, bless us in Your mercy and protect us 
from all dangers. Keep us in the shade of Your 
most loving providence, Father, Son and Holy 
Spirit, for ever. 


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R. Amen. Bless, O Lord. 

C. Lord, may the hidden power, infinite blessing 
and unceasing help of Your glorious Trinity be 
given to us. May the prayers of the Holy Virgin 
Mary, Mar Yawsep and the Blessed Apostles, 
the intercession of our father Mar Thomma 
Sliha, Mar Giwargis and the other Martyrs, the 
patron (patroness) of this church, the confessors 
and all the Saints, help us. May these be our 
refuge, help and protection from the evil one 
and all his army and lead us to eternal 
happiness, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, for 
ever. 

R. Amen. Bless, O Lord. 

[If a Bishop or Priest leads the Divine Praises, he sings or 
recites the Huttamma facing the faithful and seals them 
with the sign of the Cross at its end] 

C. (Huttamma) Let there be praise to God, 
veneration to the angels, shame to Satan, 
salutation to the Holy Cross, glory to the 
Church,resurrection for the dead, forgiveness to 
the repentant, liberation to prisoners, health for 
the sick, and lasting peace to the world. May 
the bountiful mercy and blessing of God be with 
us who are weak and are sinners and with all 
the creatures of the world, now, always + and 
forever. 


R. Amen. 


SAPRA 

(Morning Liturgy) 

(Ferial Days) 


D. Let us pray; peace be with us. 

C. Lord, all creatures praise and worship You 
with rejoicing, for You have created them by 
Your infinite and incomprehensible mercy and 
You provide for them in miraculous ways, 
Source of all creation and Protector of our 
souls, Lord and God, Father, Son and Holy 
Spirit, for ever. 

R. Amen. 

D. (Ps.ioo) Make a joyful sound to the Lord, all you 
lands/ (Qanona) Lord, the Giver of light, we 
praise You! 

(in alternating groups) Make a joyful sound to the 
Lord, all you lands./ Serve the Lord with gladness;/ 
come before Him with singing. 

Know that He is the Lord our God;/ it is He who 
has made us,/ and not we ourselves;/ we are His 
people,/ and the sheep of His pasture. 

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,/ and into 
His courts with praise./ Give thanks to Him and 
bless His Name! 

For the Lord is good;/ His mercy is everlasting;/ 
and His truth endures to all generations. 


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Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the 
Holy Spirit/ From all eternity and forever. Amen. 

D. Make a joyful sound to the Lord, all you lands./ 
(Qanona) Lord, the Giver of light, we praise 
You! Let us pray; peace be with us. 

C. Lord, we worship You and praise Your holy 
Name; for, You are the Lord and Creator of all, 
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, for ever. 

R. Amen. 

D. (Ps.9i) He who dwells in the protection of the 
Most High/ shall abide in the shade of the 
Almighty/ (Qanona) Our Saviour Jesus Christ, 
blessed are those who hope in You! 

(in alternating groups) He who dwells in the protection 
of the Most High/ shall abide in the shade of the 
Almighty. 

I will say of the Lord:/ He is my refuge and my 
fortress,/ my God, in whom I will trust. 

v. 

Surely He will deliver you from the snare of the 
fowler,/ and from vain gossip. 

He will cover you with His pinions,/ and under His 
wings you shall trust;/ His truth shall be your shield and 
buckler. 

You shall not fear the terror of the night,/ nor the 
arrow that flies by day. 

Nor the conspiracy that spreads in darkness;/ nor the 
pestilence that lays waste at noon. 

Thousands shall fall at your side,/ and ten thousand at 
your rigjit;/ but it shall not come near you. 


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39 


You shall have only to behold with your eyes/ the reward of the 
wicked. 

For You, O Lord, are my trust;/ You have established Your 
dwelling in the heights. 

No evil shall befall You,/ nor shall any plague come near to Your 
dwelling. 

For Fie shall give His angels charge over you/ to keep you in all 
your ways. 

They shall bear you up in their hands,/ lest you strike your foot 
against a stone. 

You shall tread upon the viper and adder;/ you shall trample under 
foot the lion and the great serpent. 

Because he has loved Me,I will deliver him;/1 will set him on high/ 
because he has known My Name. 

He shall call upon Me,/ and I will answer him;/1 will be with him in 
trouble;/1 will deliver him and honour him. 

With long life I will satisfy him,/ and show him My salvation. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy 
Spirit./ From all eternity and forever. Amen. 

D. He who dwells in the protection of the Most 
High/ shall abide in the shade of the Almighty/ 
(Qanona) Our Saviour Jesus Christ, blessed are 
those who hope in You! 

Let us pray; peace be with us. 

C. Lord, Your providence is most praisewort. 
Those who depend on You and call upon Your 
Name in prayer will never be disappointed, 
Lord of all, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, 
Forever. 

R. Amen. 


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D. (Ps. 104) Bless the Lord, O my soul M(Qanona) O 
God, glory is fitting to Your great Name. 

(in alternating groups) Bless the Lord, O my soul!/ O 
Lord, my God, You are very great!/ You are clothed 
with honour and majesty! 

You are robed in light as with a cloak;/ You stretch out 
the heavens like a curtain. 

You lay the beams of Your chambers upon the waters;/ 
You make the clouds Your chariot;/ You walk upon the 
wings of the wind. 

You make Your angels spirits,/ Your ministers are 
flaming fire. 

You laid the foundations of the earth,/ so that it should 
never be moved. 

You covered it with deep sea as with a garment;/ the waters stood 
above the mountains. 

At Your rebuke they fled;/ at the voice of Your thunder, they 
hastened away. 

The mountains rose up,/ the valleys descend to the place which 
You had fixed for them. 

You have set a boundary that they may not pass,/ lest they cover 
the earth. 

You have sent forth springs into the valleys,/ which run down 
among the hills. 

They give drink to every beast of the field;/ the wild asses quench 
their thirst. 

By them, the birds of the heaven have their dwelling;/ from among 
the hills they sing. 

You water the hills from Your chambers;/ the earth is satisfied 
with the fruit of Your works. 


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41 


You cause the grass to grow for the cattle,/ and herbs for the 
service of man,/ that he may bring forth food from the earth. 
(Qanona) O God, glory is fitting to Your great Name. 

(Ps.148) Praise the. Lord!/ Praise the Lord from the heavens!/ 
Praise Him in the heights! 

Praise Him, all His angels!/ Praise Him, all Hishosts! 

Praise Him, sun and moon!/ Praise Him, all stars and light! 

Praise Him, heavens of heavens,/ and waters that are above the 
heavens! 

Let them praise the Name of the Lord,/ for He spoke and they 
were made;/ He commanded and they were created! 

He has also established them for ever and ever!/ He has made a 
decree which shall not pass. 

Praise the Lord from the earth,/ you great serpents and all deeps; 

Fire and hail, snow and ice,/ stormy wind fulfilling His word. 

Mountains and all hills,/ fruitful trees and all cedars, 

Wild beasts and all cattle,/ creeping things and flying birds. 

Kings of the earth and all people,/ princes and all judges of the 
earth, 

Young men and maidens,/ old men and youths;/ let them praise the 
Name of the Lord! 

For His Name alone is exalted;/ His glory is on earth and in 
heaven. 

(Ps.i50) Praise the Lord!/ Praise God in His holy place!/ 
Praise Him in His mighty heavens! 

Praise Him for His powerful deeds!/ Praise His 
surpassing greatness! 

Praise Him with the sound of trumpet!/ Praise Him 
with lute and harp! 


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Praise Him with timbrel and dance!/ Praise Him with 
strings and pipes! 

Pr aise Him with resounding cymbals!/ Praise Him with 
clashing of cymbals! 

Let everything that lives and breathes give praise to the 
Lord!/ Praise the Lord! 

(Ps.ii6 ) O praise the Lord, all you nations;/ acclaim 
Him, all you peoples! 

Strong is His love for us;/ He is faithful for ever./ 
Praise the Lord! 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy 
Spirit./ From all eternity and for ever. Amen. 

D. (Qanona) Let us praise the Lord with every 
breath!/ we praise You, Jesus Christ, the Light! 

Let us pray; peace be with us. 

C. Lord, remembering Your infinite and 

incomprehensible mercy, the whole creation is 
bound to praise You and worship You, Father, 
Son and Holy Spirit, for ever. 

R. Amen. 

R. (Thuyai...) Lord of all, we give thanks to You; 
Jesus Christ, we glorify You. 

You give life to our bodies 
and salvation to our souls. 

D. Lord, at daybreak I come to You prepared; hear my prayers. 

R. Lord of all.... 


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C. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit./ 
From all eternity and for ever. Amen. 

R. Lord of all.... 

D. Let us pray; peace be with us. 

C. Eternal God, King most High, You are the 
Giver of life to our bodies and the Saviour of 
our souls. We worship You and we glorify 
You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, for ever. 

R. Amen. 

D. (Ps.51) Have mercy on me, O God, in Your 
lovingkindness./ In the depth of Your 
compassion, blot out my sins./f^ cinona jLord, 
have mercy on me;/ God, have mercy on me;/ 
Lord, have mercy on me! 

(in alternating groups) Have mercy on me, O God, in 
Your lovingkindness./ In the depth of Your 
compassion, blot out my sins. 

Wash me clean from my iniquity,/ and cleanse me of 
my sins; 

For I know my iniquity,/ and my sins are ever before 
me. 

Against You alone have I sinned;/ I have done what is 
evil in Your sight./ Therefore, You are justified in Your 
sentence/ and blameless in Your judgements. 

(in the Great Fast the following is also added) 

For in guilt was I born;/ in sin my mother conceived me. 

But You are pleased with truth,/ and the secrets of Your wisdom 
You have revealed to me. 


44 


Ferial Days 


Sprinkle me with hyssop,/ and I shall be made clean;/ wash me, and 
1 shall be whiter than snow. 

Fill me with Your joy and gladness,/ that my broken spirit may 
rejoice. 

Turn Your face away from my sins,/ and blot out all my iniquities. 

Create in me a clean heart, O God,/ and renew a right spirit within 
me. 

Cast me not away from Your presence;/ and take not Your Holy 
Spirit from me 

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation;/and maintain me with 
Your glorious spirit, 

Then I will teach transgressors Your way,/ and sinners shall be 
converted to You. 

Deliver me from bloodshed, O God, the God of my salvation,/ and 
my tongue shall sing aloud of Your justice. 

O Lord, open my lips,/ and my mouth shall proclaim Your praise; 

i 

For You do not desire sacrifice;/ You take no delight in burnt 
offerings. 

My sacrifice to God is a broken spirit;/ a broken and contrite heart, 
O God,/ You will not despise. 

Do good to Zion in Your good pleasure;/ build the walls of 
Jerusalem. 

Then You shall be pleased w ith the sacrifices of justice,/ with burnt 
offerings and holocausts;/ then shall they offer gifts on Your altar. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the 
Holy Spirit./ From all eternity and forever. Amen. 

D. Have mercy on me, O God, in Your loving 
kindness./ In the depth of Your compassion, 
blot out my sins./fga/io/iajLord, have mercy on 
me;/ God, have mercy on me;/ Lord, have mercy 
on me! 


Sapra 


45 


Tesbohta 

(B-Endan Sapra...Ahilesa Nin...) 

In Your presence, Lord of all, 
we stand in humility 
singing hymns of praise to You. 

In Your mercy, Lord our God, 
we will bless Your love and grace 
Who are our own Creator. 

Lord our Saviour, with Your hands 
hold us safe at all moments; 
protect and guide at all times. 

You who are God, Lord of all, 
have mercy on Your servants 
who praise Your divinity. 

Lord Jesus Christ, port of peace, 
pour forth in floods Your mercy, 
look upon us Your children; 
let Your face shine on us, Lord, 
illumine these humble ones, 
that we may find salvation. 

Lord of mercy who receives 
every sinner who repents, 

You are truly our refuge. 

Hear our prayers, kindly Lord; 
let the cries of worshippers 
rise before You like incense. 

Lord who free all from their debts, 
in Your mercy,loose our bonds 
and remit our trespasses. 

You who pardon in mercy, 
forgive us each all our sins 
though so countless in Your sight. 

You are the true hope of all: 

Grant peace and prosperity 


46 


Ferial Days 


to Your children in the world, 
that we all may sing and bless 
the Name of Your Trinity, 

O Lord of all, for ever. 

D. Let us pray; peace be with us. 

C. Jesus Christ, the hope of human race and the 
harbour of peace, give us Your peace and 
comfort so that we may praise You all the days 
of our life, Lord of all, forever. 

R. Amen. 

D. Let us raise our voices and praise the living 
God. 

R. (Thuyai... jHoly, holy, holy God 
holy, holy, mighty One 
holy and immortal One: 

Lord, have mercy on us all. 

C. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. 

R. Holy, holy 

D. From all eternity and for ever. Amen. 

R. Holy, holy 

C. Our Father in heaven... (as at the beginning of Ramsa) 

D. Let us pray; peace be with us. 

C. Lord, Your Name is holy; Good One, Your 
mercy is infinite; Shower Your blessings on us 
sinners who call upon Your Name and pray, 
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, for ever. 

R. Amen 


Sapra 


47 


Onita’ d-Sapra of the Season 

(every day after “ D-Sapra ” we add) 

(Mariam Bsulta...Pulariprabhayil...) 

In the bright and dawning light 
we are singing with delight 
our hymns and praises to You, 

Saviour of all creation. 

Grant a day of peace and hope 
in Your mercy, Lord of all, 
and remission of our sins; 
lead us on the path of Good. 

May Your children never lose 
the strong hope we place in You. 

Lord of all, close not the door 
in Your weak, frail children’s face. 
You know, Father, our follies 
and the weakness of our race. 

Rew ard us with Your mercy; 
look not on our little worth. 

Sow on earth Your unity, 
peace and charity, O Lord. 

May all those who tend Your sheep 
see much good fruit in that field. 

Heal the sick; lift those who fall, 
bestow health to one and all; 
cleanse the sins from every one; 
increase holiness in all. 

May Your hand save us, O Lord, 
in all paths and ways we go, 


48 


Ferial Days 


as You once kept safe from Saul 
David in his lowliness. 

May each step, O Lord, we take 
be according to Your will, 
that we reach our goal in peace 
under Your protecting care. 
Through the Red Sea, You once led 
Moses and Your chosen ones. 

Daniel in the lion's den 

was preserved, Lord, by Your grace. 

Ananias and his friends 

were saved from the furnace fire. 

Guard us also by Your power, 

Lord, from all the evil ones. 

Rising with the morning sun 
we adore our Father’s Name, 
and sing glory to His Son, 
as we thank the Spirit blest. 

May our loving Father’s grace 
and the mercy of His Son 
and the Spirit's compassion 
be upon us all our days. 

Lord, we place our hope in You, 

You the Healer of our lives. 

May Your mercy’s medicine 
save us from the wounds of sin. 

You alone can give us strength 
that we need and keep Your word. 
Help, guide and protect, O Christ, 
those who worship You, O Lord. 


Sapra 


49 


Let us request forgiveness 
from the Lord compassionate 
who waits at His open door 
for the sinners who repent. 

Day by day we turn to You, 
yet our sins are multiplied. 

Grant us mercy, Christ our Lord, 
that we enter Your Kingdom. 

D. Let us pray; peace be with us. 

C. Lord, You are just and good; You are a treasure 
of mercy and Your Name is holy; shower the 
sweetness of Your love on us Your worshippers 
who call on Your Name in prayer. Protect us 
from all dangers and keep us safe in the shade 
of Your loving providence, Father, Son and 
Holy Spirit, forever. 

R. Amen. Bless, O Lord. 

C. Lord, may the mysterious power, infinite 
blessing and unceasing help of Your glorious 
Trinity be given to us. May the prayers of the 
Holy Virgin Mary, Mar Yawsep and the 
Blessed Apostles, the intercession of our father 
Mar Thomma Sliha, Mar Giwargis and the 
other Martyrs, the patron (patroness) of this 
church, the confessors and all Saints, help us. 
May these be our refuge, help and protection 
from the evil one and all his army, and lead us 
to eternal happiness, Father, Son and Holy 
Spirit, forever. 


50 


Ferial Days 


R. Amen. Bless, O Lord. 

[If a Bishop or Priest leads the Divine Praises, he sings or 
recites the Hnttamma facing the faithful and seals them 
with the sign of the Cross at its end] 

C. (Huttamma)Our Lord and our God, comfort the 
afflicted, heal the sick and protect the poor. 
Give repentance to sinners, heavenly glory to 
the dead and happiness to the just. Bless 
abundantly all of us who are fortunate to see 
daybreak once again, now, always and + 
forever. 

R. Amen. 


WEEKS OF ANNUNCIATION 

EVENING LITURGY 
(RAMSA) 

[Till Psalm, /?./...] 



I 

II 

mi 

V 

V 

VI 

Sun 

11 

20 

23 

54 

46 

65 

Mon 

15 

53 

2 

6 

16 

26 

Tue 

42 

67 

4 

8 

30 

32 

Wed 

45 

41 

3 

12 

19 

39 

Thu 

33 

25 

5 

13 

21 

1 

Fri 

58 

61 

28 

62 

60 

47 

Sat 

17 

24 

29 

14 

43 

48 


[The community executes the Psalm in two choirs. The deacon begins the 
Psalm , reciting the first versicle with three Alleluias. The first choir 
repeats it and then they continue alternating the versifies. At the end 
“Glory be..." is added. Then the deacon concludes it with three 

Alleluias.] 


[Prayer, incensing, etc. p . 2] 

Da-Qdam (Brikiton...Kartavil Juan...) 

Hear, O Shepherd of Israel (Ps 80,1) 

God the Word, our Lord, 
assumed His body 
not from angels high; 
so that He may by His grace 
save us from sin and disgrace, 

God the Lord was born as man 
in the tribe of Abraham. 

Let us now - praise His holy Name. 



52 


Ramsa 


He came to His own (Jn 1,11) 

God the Word proceeds 
from God the Father; 
we know this by faith. 

He then, in time, took His birth 
from our Lady on this earth. 

This was not in human way, 
so the angel had declared. 

Let us now - praise His holy Name 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

When the Son of God 
came down on this earth 
for our salvation, 

He took our human nature, 
so that we may see Him well; 
save in sin and wickedness, 

He became equal to us. 

Let us now - praise His holy Name. 

[Prayer, Evening Psalms, etc. pp....4] 


D-Batar {Marjam Bsulta...Pularipprabhayil...) 

He is revealed in the flesh (1 Tim 3,16) 

In order that He might grant 
grace of vision to mankind 
God has done a wondrous deed, 
never grasped by sense alone. 

From His throne the Word comes down, 
becomes man in human form. 

He then in His human flesh 
dwelt with us all on this earth. 


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53 


I will sing of the mercies of the Lord (Ps 89,1) 

We know Your great love, O Lord, 
always certain in our faith. 

In Your mercy, You became 
man, born for us in this world. 

Lord, as we are not able 
to sing of Your great glory, 
we now sing with Your angels 
of Your depth of love for man. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

God has loved this world so much 
that He sent His only Son 
in order to save us all 
who entrust ourselves to Him. 

He has come to give us life, 
not at all to condemn us; 
let us therefore worship Him 
who is source of life and grace. 

[Prayer, Trisag ion, Evangalion, Karozuta, Prayers, etc. pp...7] 


D-Basaliqe 

(B-Endan Sapra...Karunanidhiyam...) 

He was to resemble his brothers in every thing (Heb 2,17) 

Equal to God, though You are, 

You assumed a servant’s form; 
emptied Yourself for us all, 

You became man in our form. 

To the Cross in shameful death, 

You obeyed, O humble Lord. 

Today I have begotten You (Ps 2,7) 

Though the only Son of God, 
when the time had fully come, 


54 


Ramsa 


You appeared as David’s son. 

We who seek Your shelter, Lord, 
praise both of Your births with love, 
as well as with pride and joy. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

You who were born among us 
bringing God’s own peace to earth 
are our Saviour in all truth. 

Through You has God’s mercy shone 
on His creatures in this world; 
thus we all are reconciled. 

( Prayer, pp...J2) 

Surraya (Ps 8, 4-6) 

[any Psalm or part thereof may also be selected] 

D. What is man, that You are mindful of him?/ and 
the son of man, that You visit him ?/ Alleluia, 
Alleluia, Alleluia. 

(in alternating choirs ) What is man, that You are 
mindful of him?/ and the son of man, that You 
visit him ? 

For You have made him a little lower than the 
angels, and have clothed him with glory and 
honour. 

You gave him dominion over the works of Your 
hands; You have put all things under his feet. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the 
Holy Spirit./ From all eternity and forever, 
Amen. 

D. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. 

I Prayers, Huttamma,...pp. 15...] 


NIGHT LITURGY 

(LELJA) 


[Till Marmita, pp....l7J 



I 

II 

III 

IV 

V 

VI 

Sun 

*1 

*8 

*15 

*22 

*29 

*36 

Mon 

*2 

*9 

*16 

*23 

*30 

*37 

Tue 

*3 

*10 

*17 

*24 

*31 

*38 

Wed 

*4 

*11 

*18 

*25 

*32 

*1 

Thu 

*5 

*12 

*19 

*26 

*33 

*2 

Fri 

*6 

*13 

*20 

*27 

*34 

*3 

Sat 

*7 

*14 

*21 

*28 

*35 

*4 


[The community executes the Marmita in two choirs. The deacon begins 
the Marmita, reciting the first versicle with three Alleluias. The first 
choir repeats it and then they continue alternating the versicles. At the 
end “Glory be...” is added. Then the deacon concludes it with three 

Alleluias.] 

[Prayer, p....!8] 


D-Lelja (Eskarkun...Marthyakulathinu...) 

Our God is with us (Mt 1,23) 

True light that does enlighten us, 
human beings, 

shone forth spreading God’s glory; 
that good light has stayed on earth 
which He Himself created; 
but this world did not at all 
know or accept its own Lord; 

He once came in His mercy 
in the midst of His people, 
but they did not in those days 


56 


Lelja 


welcome Him with due respect; 
and to those who Him received, 
by placing trust and faith in Him, 
power He gave that they might grow 
as children of God with His grace. 
Word has become flesh indeed 
and has dwelt among us men: 

Let us praise Him now. 

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us (Jn 1,14) 
When man could not 
by his own power 
earn for himself salvation, 
in His mercy, God the Son 
came from heaven as son of earth. 

Had He come with His own splendour 
on this earth, His creation, 
who could have then contemplated 
Him, our Lord, then in this world ? 
Since He came as one of us men, 
we saw Him as poor; in fact, 
what was not at all His due, 
we thought it was all His due; 
what was not at all our own 
we thought it was all our own; 
the holy birth of God our Lord 
is beyond our human grasp: 

Let us praise Him now. 

Taste and see that the Lord is good (Ps 34,8) 

God has assumed 
mortal body 


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57 


of first parents from this our own earth. 

He gave men as source of life 

that very body; God is Font of all graces. 

So that He may His great riches 

share with men, His poor children; 

since the great one came on earth 

joy has come to all 11 s men; 

we only see Him as man, 

although he is Son of God; 

yet His God-head sheds on us 

grace upon grace generously: 

Let us praise Him now. 


Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

We praise You, Lord, 
who come to us 
showering mercy on us all; 
hearing prayers we all raise - 
pouring graces You always; 
when You bestowed divinity on 
human beings from above, 

You took from us a nature, 
that is mortal and humble, 
so that Your own glory may 
become for us beneficial; 

Lord, who always shed on us 
grace and mercy ineffable, 
we all praise You now. 


[continued on pp...l8] 


58 


Lelja 


Subbaha (Jn 1,1-4.14) 

[any Psalm or part thereof may also be selected 1 

D. The Word was in the beginning,/ and that very 
Word was with God,/ and God was that Word./ 
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. 

(in alternating choirs) The Word was in the 
beginning,/ and that very Word was with God,/ 
and God was that Word. 

The same was in the beginning with God. 

Everything came to be by His hand;/ and without 
Him not even one thing / that was created came 
to be. 

The life was in Him,/ and the life is the light of 
men. 

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us,/ 
and we saw His glory,/ a glory like that of the 
First-Born of the Father,/ full of grace and truth. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the 
Holy Spirit./ From all eternity and forever, 
Amen. 

D. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. 

Thesbohta (Th uyai...) 

Ford, Your glory we acclaim: 

You gave prophets to this world 
to point out those saving ways, 
leading to eternal life. 


Annunciation 


59 


‘The child Jesus who took birth 
from a Virgin on this earth’ 
“Saw” the prophet Isaiah, 
Praised God for His Messiah. 
Without human fatherhood, 
by the Spirit’s work alone 
the Virgin conceived the Christ, 
who is true Amman-hu-El. 

Holy Scripture teaches well 
that the Lord assumed our flesh 
from the Virgin’s own body 
at the Spirit’s sure descent. 

God has sent His Spirit down 
on His lowly handmaiden, 
so that His Son may be born 
with a nature like our own. 

When the Son of God consents 
to dwell in the Virgin’s womb, 
in His Person as our God 
human nature finds a place. 

To fulfill His holy plan, 

in this world through His own Word, 

and for human salvation, 

God has sent His only Son. 

Praise the Father and the Son 
and the Spirit, with them one, 
who share in eternity, 
one Will, Power and Majesty. 


[Epistle of the Day] 


60 


Lelja 


Karozuta 

D. Let us all stand with faith and joy, responding, 
“Lord, we thank You”. 

R. Lord, we thank You. 

D. Lord, Father of mercy, God of all comfort, You 
have sent Your Son to us in the likeness of 
sinful human nature in order to atone for our 
sins. 

R. Lord, we thank You. 

D. Lord, You have sent Your beloved Son to the 
earth to nullify the rites of the Old Testament 
and to give salvation and justice to Your 
faithful. 

R. Lord, we thank You. 

D. Lord, You have sent Your Son to Your own 
people to illuminate by divine radiance the 
minds darkened by the gods of this world. 

R. Lord, we thank You. 

D. Lord, You have received us in advance as sons 
in the Messiah and have blessed us with all 
heavenly graces. 

R. Lord, we thank You. 

D. Lord, You have hidden the mystery that was in 
You from the beginning, and in time You have 
willed to reveal it to the children of the Church. 

R. Lord, we thank You. 

D. For our Holy Father Mar ...., successor of Peter 


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61 


and head of all the Churches of God, for our 
Major Archbishop Mar for our Archbishop 
Mar for our Bishop Mar for all the 
Bishops and for all their fellow-ministers, we 
pray You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. Lord, who are rich in Your blessings and an 
ocean of mercy, we pray You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. Lord God, by Your precious blood You have 
redeemed the Church. Grant peace to her 
children and at Your glorious coming make us 
stand on Your right along with the just. 

R. Amen. 


[Concluding Prayer, p.2J...J 


MORNING LITURGY 

(SAPRA) 

Onita d-Sapra 


Sunday (Thuyai...) 

You have been with us always (Ps 46,2) 

You have come on earth as man, 
full of glory, Lord of all. 

Having seen You face to face, 
man is filled with awe and praise. 

To the upright there shines a light in the darkness (Ps 112,4) 
Lord, Your human nature, which 
You have shown to make us rich, 
spread its light on all the earth, 
filling all with rays and warmth. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 
O Lord, source of righteousness, 
may that light divine in You 
spread its radiance great and sweet 
in this world and make it bright. 

[Continued on pp.28... ] 


Monday (Thuyai...) 

What is man that You are mindful of him?(Ps 8 . 4 ) 
Prophets sent by the Father 
spoke of the Son in this world. 

The Spirit gave them wisdom; 

Jesus crowned them with glory. 


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63 


I waited patiently for the Lord (Ps 40,1) 

Words of prophets that gave man 
hope for new life in this world 
were fulfilled in time when the 
angel of the good news came. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

Through His angel, God announced 
good news to Virgin Mary, 
telling her of salvation 
brought by God the Son to all. 

[Continued on pp.47...] 

Tuesday (Thuyai...) 

The Father has placed everything under His Son (Jn 3,35) 

God the Father gives Himself 
to the Son and He knows Him. 

No one can know the Father 
but the Son and His true friends. 

I have sent to you all my servants the prophets (Jer 7, 25) 

Through the prophets in past times 
God once spoke to our fathers; 
now through His begotten Son, 
who has pow’r o’er all creatures. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

May the Holy Trinity 
grant peace and tranquillity 
to us, His belov’d children, 
that we may live in true faith. 

[Continued on pp.47...] 


64 


Sapra 


Thursday (ThuyaL.) 

I am the way and the truth and the life (Jn 14,6) 

God the Son came as the Way, 
which leads to eternal life 
for the human race that moves 
through the path of perdition. 

I will sing praises to Your Name (2 Sam 22,50) 

Lord, who showed unto mankind 
God the Father’s great mercy, 
wash us mis’rable sinners 
clean from sins and all our debts. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

Lord, You showered compassion 
on all people who were sick; 
and revealed in this our world 
glory through Your poverty. 

[Continued on pp.47...] 

Friday (Thuyai...) 

To the upright there shines a light in the darkness (Ps 112,4) 

Lord, You were born in this world 
that the human race be saved; 
we acknowledge Your Lordship 
as unique, exception-al. 

He is not far from any one of us (Acts 17,28) 

God Almighty Himself came 
to this world to save mankind. 

This bliss came to no others 
in this world of distraction. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

God dwells in those who confess 
Jesus as the Son of God; 


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65 


and they dwell in God always 
and sing eternal praises. 

[Continued on pp.47...] 

Saturday (Brikiton...Kartavil Jnan...) 

I will bless Your Name, O Lord, for ever and ever (Ps 144,1) 

O Lord, Jesus Christ, 
we are unable 
to grasp Your glory. 

Great indeed are Your graces; 
we stand always wonder-struck. 

You dispose them gen’rously 
for us who are helpless ones: 

You are now - the Hope of this world. 

I give to them eternal life (Jn 10,28) 

O Lord, source of life, 
we all extol You, 

Who were born a man. 

You are the true good shepherd 
Who willed to lay down Your life 
that we, the sheep of Your flock, 
may have life in abundance: 

You are now - the Hope of this world. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

O Lord, Jesus Christ, 
we now offer You 
our own life in faith. 

Though we are so weak and poor, 
having no virtues at all, 
accept our humble homage 
in Your abundant mercy: 

You are now - the Hope of this world. 

[Continued on pp.47...] 


WEEKS OF EPIPHANY 

EVENING LITURGY 

(RAMSA) 

[Till Psalm, p. 1...] 



I 

II 

III 

IV 

V 

VI 

VII 

Sun 

2 

54 

46 

65 

56 

11 

20 

Mon 

23 

6 

16 

26 

57 

15 

53 

Tue 

4 

8 

30 

32 

64 

42 

67 

Wed 

3 

12 

19 

39 

63 

45 

60 

Thu 

5 

13 

21 

1 

70 

33 

61 

Fri 

28 

62 

24 

47 

72 

17 

25 

Sat 

29 

14 

43 

48 

75 

58 

41 


[The community executes the Psalm in two choirs. The deacon 
begins the Psalm, reciting the first versicle with three Alleluias. The first 
choir repeats it and then continues alternating the versifies. At the end 
“Glory be... ” is added. Then the deacon concludes it with three 

Alleluias.] 

I Prayer, incensing, etc. p.2....] 

Da-Qdam (Sahde Havaithon...Kartave Nin...) 

To the upright there shines a light in the darkness (Ps 112,4) 

Lord we bless the salvation 
wrought by Your Theophany, 
by which You have freed us all 
from all bondage and our fall. 

He who reveals mysteries (Dan 2,47) 

Came down in the form of dove 
the good Spirit of God’s Love; 
has unveiled God’s mys-te-ry 
through Christ’s earthly ministry. 


Epiphany 


67 


Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

God, we bless Your majesty, 
which has brought us liberty, 
sending Christ, Your Son, in time 
to free us from Adam’s crime. 

[Prayer, Evening Psalms, etc. pp.4...] 


D-Batar (Brikiton.. .Kartavil Jnan...) 

You renew the face of the earth (Ps 104,30) 

All has been renewed 
by God’s good Spirit 
and by water now. 

Man, the image of our God, 
fallen and disfigured once, 
in baptismal waters cleansed, 

God restored and made anew. 

Let us sing - praises unto Him. 

Anyone who is in Christ is a new creation(2 Cor 5,17) 

New life in man’s soul 
shed the Lord of all 
raising from his fall. 

Like a metal He has melt, 
mankind in His mercy dealt, 
in His furnace He recast 
by His skill and love so vast. 

Let us sing - praises unto Him. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

No good deeds we do 
in our time on earth 
can give us new life. 

Through baptismal water’s bath 


68 


Ramsa 


and the Spirit’s grace outpoured, 

God gives us His salvation, 
the new life in His Kingdom. 

Let us sing - praises unto Him. 

[ Prayer, Triscigion, Evangalion, Karozuta, Prayers, etc. pp. 


D-Basaliqe {Mariam Bsulta...Pularipprabhayil...) 
He has spoken to us by His Son (Heb 1,1) 

God has sent His Son to earth 
that He might give man new birth; 
for the creatures lay in death 
through the serpent’s treachery. 

Wonderful is His mercy; 

God revealed His mysteries 
that were hidden for ages; 
peace and joy have been restored. 

Hear you, all inhabitants of the world (Ps 49,1) 

As Christ, the priest eternal, 
was receiving baptism, 

Jordan’s streams turned back in awe, 
filled with waves of deepest joy. 

As He from the waters rose 
He revealed a mighty sign: 

Death and resurrection new, 
that salvation can bestow. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

Let us praise the Lord who guides 
through the upright path that leads 
to a lasting peace of heart, 
crowning us with glorious light. 

Let us bless our Father, God, 


Epiphany 


69 


who has saved us through His Son 
and formed us as one body 
through His Spirit’s energy. 

[Prayer, pp.12...] 


Surraya: (Ps 33 , 1 - 6 ) 

[any Psalm or part thereof may also be selected ] 

D. Rejoice in the Lord, O you just;/ for praise is 
fitting from the upright./ Alleluia, Alleluia, 
Alleluia. 

(in alternating choirs) Rejoice in the Lord, O you just;/ 
for praise is fitting from the upright/ 

Psaise the Lord with harp and lyre;/ sing 
praises to Him with the ten-stringed harp. 

Sing to Him a new song;/ play skilfully with a 
beautiful rhythm. 

For the word of the Lord is upright;/ and all His 
works are done in truth. 

He loves justice and judgement;/ the earth is 
full of the goodness of the Lord. 

By the word of the Lord the heavens were 
made;/ and by the breath of His mouth, all their 
hosts. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the 
Holy Spirit./ From all eternity and forever, 
Amen. 

D. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. 


[Prayers, Huttamma,... pp. 15...] 


NIGHT LITURGY 

(LELJA) 

[Till Mcirmita, pp,17...J 



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IV 

V 

VI 

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*5 

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*27 

*34 

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*14 

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*28 

*35 

*4 

*11 

Wed 

*8 

*17 

*22 

*29 

*36 

*5 

*12 

Thu 

*9 

*16 

*23 

*30 

*37 

*6 

*13 

Fri 

*10 

*17 

*24 

*31 

*38 

*7 

*14 

Sat 

*11 

*18 

*25 

*32 

*1 

*8 

*15 


[The community executes the Marmita in two choirs. The deacon begins 
the Marmita , reciting the first versicle with three Alleluias. The first 
choir repeats it and then continues alternating the versifies. At the end 
“Glory be...” is added. Then the deacon concludes it with three 

Alleluias.] 

[Prayer, p.18...] 


D-Lelj <1 ( Eskarkun.. .Marthyakulathinu ...) 

I delight to do Your will (Ps 40,8) 

Fulfilled are those/ mysteries which 

are all filled with 

glory of God, our Father. 

God the Son was/ baptized in the 

river of Jordan 

by the hands of John Baptist. 

When the Master/ bowed Himself for 
Baptism, John said to Him: 


Epiphany 


71 


“I should justly be baptized 
by Your holy hands, O Lord; 
why should You then come to me 
for the sinner's baptism ?”. 

Jesus replied: “Now we should 
fulfill justice, as is due”. 

Let us sing His praise. 

Your way, O God, is holy (Ps 77,13) 

Men once built up/ tower of Babel 

so that they might 

reach the gates of God's heaven. 

Seeing man’s pride/ and his folly 
God him condemned, 
his vanity He despised. 

Since his plans were/ shattered on earth, 
that day man was put to shame. 

Lord who are the stumbling stone 
over which Your foes stumble, 
made a ladder of that stone 
so that men can heaven enter. 

He who receives baptism 
and these steps in faith ascends, 
enters heaven’s true bliss. 

Let your fountain be blessed (Prov 5,18) 

By the waters/ of baptism 
and the Spirit 

we have become immortal. 

O Lord, by Your/ baptism all 

fountains of the 

earth are indeed made holy. 

Since the lamb of/ atonement has 


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Lelja 


undergone this baptism, 
by the waters of the flood 
earth will not be swept again. 

By waters of baptism 
sinners are in truth redeemed. 

He who gave us baptism 
as to heal the wounds of sin 
is the Holy One. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 
By the holy/ manifestation 
when You, O Lord, 
gave us sweetness of freedom, 

Satan feared/ who through sin bound 

human race with 

debts and obligations all. 

Through baptism/ You give mankind 
the bright lamp of faith in You. 

Let it, O Lord, shed its light 
for ever on all the earth. 

As You have commanded us 
in Trinity’s holy Name, 

We receive Your baptism. 

Lord, Your good will rest on us 
always for ever. 

[continued on pp. 18...] 


Subbaha: (is 42,1-4) 

[any Psalm or part thereof may also be selected] 

D. Behold, My servant, whom I uphold,/ My 
chosen One in whom My soul delights;/ I have 
put My spirit upon him;/ he shall bring forth 


Epiphany 


73 


justice to the Gentiles./ Alleluia, Alleluia, 
Alleluia. 

(in alternating choirs) Behold, My servant, whom I 
uphold,/ My chosen One in whom My soul 
delights;/ I have put My spirit upon him;/ he shall 
bring forth justice to the Gentiles. 

He shall not cry, nor make a sound,/ nor cause his 
voice to be heard in the street. 

A bruised reed he shall not break,/ and a flickering 
lamp he shall not extinguish;/ he shall truly bring 
forth judgement. 

He shall not fail nor be discouraged/ till he has 
established justice on the earth;/ and the islands 
shall wait for his law. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the 
Holy Spirit./ From all eternity and forever, Amen. 

D. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. 


Tesbohta (Breek Hannana...Alleluia...) 

We all bless You, God of mercy, 
for Your Son the true light we see. 
Jesus Son of David calls us 
in His mercy to repentance 

Time is at hand, let us repent, 
pray for mercy which we all need. 

May fruits worthy of repentance 
grow up in our hearts and reason. 

The axe has been laid at the root 
of trees that bear no worthy fruit. 


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If those trees yield no fruit in time 

they shall be cut and cast in fire. 

He stands with a winnowing fan 
in His hand now prepared to act. 

All weeds He will sort out at once 

wheat He will store safe in His barns. 

All chaff He will cast in the pit 
with no mercy He will burn it. 

Praise be unto God eternal 

Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 

[Epistle of the Day ] 

Karozuta 

D. Let us all stand with joy and devotion, 
responding, “Lord, we praise You”. 

R. Lord, we praise You. 

D. Lord, You have hidden Your divinity to receive 
baptism from John, thus humbling Yourself 
before a man. 

R. Lord, we praise You. 

D. At Your baptism a voice came from heaven, 
“You are my beloved Son in whom I am well 
pleased”! By these words the Eternal Father 
acknowledged You and manifested His love and 
approval with authority. 

R. Lord, we praise You. 

D. Lord, at Your baptism in Jordan the mystery of 
the Trinity was revealed to human beings who 
have never seen God directly. 


Epiphany 


75 


R. Lord, we praise You. 

D. Lord, at Your baptism the Holy Spirit came 
upon You publicly which was an external sign 
of Your mission to baptize by the Holy Spirit. 

R. Lord, we praise You. 

D. Lord, by Your forty days fast before Your 
public life, You have taught us human beings 
that before starting any good work we should 
seek God’s help through sacrifice. 

R. Lord, we praise You. 

D. For our Holy Father Mar..., successor of Peter 
and head of all the Churches of God, for our 
Major Archbishop Mar..., for our Archbishop 
Mar..., for our Bishop Mar..., for all the 
Bishops and for all their fellow-ministers, we 
pray You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. Lord, who are rich in Your blessings and an 
ocean of mercy, we pray You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. Our God and our Saviour, give peace to the 
Church You have redeemed by Your precious 
blood and make us stand at Your right along 
with the just at Your glorious coming. 

R. Amen. 


[Concluding Prayer, p.21...] 


MORNING LITURGY 
(SAPRA) 

Onita d-Sapra 


Sunday (' Thuyai...) 

You are the God who work wonders (Ps 77,14) 

The Lord who would later walk 
on the surface of the sea, 
now sinks under Jordan’s streams 
so that John may baptize Him. 

He humbled Himself (Phil 2,8) 

Lord, Your glory You concealed 
though You are the light of all; 
like a sinner You appeared 
though with splendour You are filled. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

Jesus in the Jordan stood, 
one of His own creation, 
so that John may baptize Him, 
who is his own Lord and God. 

[Continued on pp.28..] 


Monday (Thuyai...) 

The believers were of one soul and of one mind (Acts 4,32) 

We become one in the Church 
through baptism in the Lord. 

Help us, Lord, that we be joined 
in the love for each other. 


Epiphany 


77 


He has called us sons (1 Jn 3,1) 

Through the baptismal water 
which cleanses all stain of sin, 

O Lord, there flows Your mercy; 
thus we become purified. 

Glory be to tHe Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 
Baptism is given in 
the name of the Trinity; 
we should also take refuge 
in Three Persons equally. 

[Continued on pp.47..] 


Tuesday ( Thuyai ..) 

I lift up my eyes to You (Ps 122,1) 

We on earth, with our soul’s eyes, 
really seek You, Lord our God: 

You, the true Light Who reveal 
Myst'ries of eternity. 

Send out Your light and Your truth (Ps 43,3) 

Lord, our God, Your birth on earth 
illumined all in darkness. 

Grant to us, O Lord, Your light 
to see truth in clarity. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

Jesus Christ, Who is our Lord, 
reveals truth through His good news; 
in Him, we see God Himself, 
praise and worship Him always. 

[Continued on pp.47..] 


78 


Sapra 


Thursday ( Thuyai ...) 

With signs and with wonders (Dent 26,8) 

God the Son is born on earth, 
fulfilling all prophecies, 
working signs and miracles, 

He reveals His task on earth. 

He is the propitiation for our sins (1 Jn 2,2) 

Those who were not justified 
in this world by Moses’ Law, 
are redeemed and justified 
by the living God’s own Son. 

Glory he to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

Let all tongues and lips of men 
give praise to the Lord of tongues; 
sing and worship God the Son, 

Who is source of life on earth. 

[Continued on pp.47..] 


Friday (Thuyai...) 

This is the greatest and the First commandment (Mt 22,38) 

Let us love and worship .Christ, 

Who is God and Lord of all, 
with whole heart and mind and soul 
and with all abilities. 

Let us love one another (1 Jn 4,7) 

Let us love and respect all 
who are one with us in Christ, 
with the same love and respect 
that we have for our own self. 


Epiphany 


79 


Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

He who loves Me well always 
keeps My word and lives in faith; 

My Father will love him too: 

We will come and dwell in him. 

[Continued on pp.47..] 


Saturday ( Thuyai ...) 

Now we see through a mirror (1 Cor 13,12) 

Faith always unites a man 
to heaven which is beyond; 
so too knowledge and true love 
join man to God eternal. 

Do not imitate the way of the world (Rom 12,2) 

The just and upright will live 
in the world through living faith, 
that brings forth abundant fruits 
as they walk through this our world. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

Sacrifices of true praise, 
extolling God’s great glory, 
let us offer the Father 
in His only Son, Jesus. 


[Continued on pp.47..] 


WEEKS OF GREAT FAST 

EVENING LITURGY 
(RAMSA) 

[Till Psalm, p.l...] 



I 

II 

III 

IV 

V 

VI 

VII 

Sun 

46 

65 

56 

1 1 

20 

23 

54 

Mon 

51 

26 

64 

15 

53 

2 

6 

Tue 

30 

32 

57 

42 

67 

4 

8 

Wed 

19 

39 

63 

45 

1 

3 

12 

Thu 

21 

43 

70 

33 

61 

5 

13 

Fri 

24 

47 

72 

58 

25 

28 

62 

Sat 

41 

48 

75 

17 

60 

29 

14 

[The community 

executes 

the 

Psalm in 

two 

choirs. 

The deacon 


begins the Psalm, reciting the first versicle with three Alleluias. 
The first choir repeats it and then continues alternating the 
versicles. At the end “Glory be..." is added. Then the deacon 
concludes it with three Alleluias. ] 

lPrayer, incensing, etc. p.2...J 

Da-Qdam (B-Endan Sapra...Karunanidhiyam...) 

The love of money is the root of all evil (1 Tim 6,10) 

God's own Son through upciwcisa 
made an image on this earth 
of the Kingdom of heaven. 

Let us praise the Lord of all 
who gives us His helping grace 
that we give up avarice. 


Great Fast 


81 


He reconciled both in one body with God (Eph 2,16) 

God is pleased with humankind 
for His Son has freed them from 
faults and sins of all ages. 

Let us bless God, Lord of grace, 
who thus earth has reconciled 
with the Kingdom of heaven. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

Let us all seek, shelter now 
at the feet of God our Lord, 
who protects us poor sinners. 

Fasting is the fitting way 
to seek pardon for our sins 
by tears of repentance. 

[Prayer, Evening Psalms, etc. pp.4...J 


D-Batar (Brikiton...Kartavil Jnan...) 

Bring forth fruits which are worthy of repentance (Mi 3,8) 

God in His mercy 
will accept with joy 
sinners who repent. 

With a heart that is full of 
true spirit of upawcisa 
if we will all request Him, 

He will grant us great graces, 
and we will - find His mercy rich. 

Depart from evil and do good (Ps 34,14) 

Works of justice will 
bring us God’s favour 
and His full blessing. 


82 


Ramsa 


True fasting is not only 
abstinence from earthly food, 
but also is subduing 
anger, lust and all passions. 

Then we will - find His mercy rich. 

Glory he to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 
During days of fast 
and of repentance, 

God calls sinners back. 

If the cool breeze of our love 
touch and sooth the sorrowful, 
then our fasting will produce 
fruits that will last in our lives, 
and we will - find His mercy rich. 

[Prayer, Trisag ion, Evangcilion, pp.7...J 


Karozuta I 

D. Let us all stand with joy and earnestness (on ferial 
days: “with repentence and attentiveness'*) praying, 
“Lord, have mercy on us”. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. Merciful Father, God who gives comfort, we pray 
You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. Our Saviour, our Provider and Giver of all things, 
we pray You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. For the peace, unity and continued existence of the 
whole world and all the Churches, we pray You. 


Great Fast 


83 


R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. For our country, for all other countries and for all 
the faithful therein, we pray You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. For a favourable climate, for a fruitful year, 
abundant harvests and for the prosperity of the 
whole world, we pray You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. For our Holy Father Mar ...., successor of Peter 
and head of all the Churches of God, for our Major 
Archbishop Mar ...., for our Archbishop Mar ...., 
for our Bishop Mar ...., for all the Bishops and for 
all their fellow-ministers, we pray You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. God who rules over all with mercy, God of 
kindness, we pray You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. Lord, who are rich in Your blessings and an ocean 
of mercy, we pray You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. God who are good by nature and source of all 
blessings, we pray You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. God who are praised in heaven and worshipped 
on earth, we pray You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. God who are immortal by nature and who dwell in 


Ramsa 


84 


great radiance, we pray You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. Our Lord Jesus Christ, by Your mercy save us all. 
Increase Your peace and tranquillity in us and 
bless us all. 

R. Amen. 

Karozuta II 

D. Let us pray with humility to God the Lord of all. 

R. Amen. 

D. That He would hear the voice of our prayer, 
accept our request, and show us mercy, let us pray 
humbly to God, the Lord of all. 

R. Amen. 

D. For the catholic Church here and in all other 
places, that He would make His peace and 
tranquillity dwell in it till the end of the world, let 
us pray humbly to God, the Lord of all. 

R. Amen. 

D. That our fathers, the bishops, lead their flock 
without any fault or blemish all their life time, let 
us pray humbly to God, the Lord of all. 

R. Amen. 

D. Particularly for the health of our holy fathers, that 
they may prepare, serve and lead the people for 
the Lord, making them zealous in doing pleasing 
good works and perfect in every way, so that the 
Lord would provide them with all graces needed 


Great Fast 


85 


and grant them perseverance in faith, let us pray 
humbly to God, the Lord of all. 

R. Amen. 

D. That all the priests and deacons who participate in 
this service of our true faith would serve in His 
presence with pure hearts and clear conscience, let 
us pray humbly to God, the Lord of all. 

R. Amen. 

D. For all the religious congregations, the children of 
the holy catholic Church, so that they complete 
their race in holiness and receive the awaited 
promise from the Lord in His Kingdom of Life, let 
us pray humbly to God, the Lord of all. 

R. Amen. 

D. Remembering the Blessed Holy Virgin Mary, 
Mother of Jesus, our Saviour and Life-Giver, that 
the Holy Spirit who dwelt in her may purify us by 
His graces, enable us to do His will completely 
and establish us in His truth all the days of our life, 
let us pray humbly to God, the Lord of all. 

R. Amen. 

D. Remembering the prophets, martyrs and confessors 
of the Church, that by their prayers and the 
persecutions they suffered, He may grant us also 
great hope and salvation along with them and 
enable us to receive the true and life-giving 
promises by the blessed memory of their merits in 
the Kingdom of heaven, let us pray humbly to God, 
the Lord of all. 


86 


Ramsa 


R. Amen. 

D. Remembering our holy fathers, the bishops, Mar 
Gregory, Mar Basil and Mar John, the Teachers of 
the Church, Mar Jacob and Mar Aprem, and all the 
holy teachers and priests of the Church, that by 
their prayers and requests, their instructions on 
faith may remain in the Church till the end of the 
world, let us pray humbly to God, the Lord of all. 

R. Amen. 

D. Remembering all our fathers, brothers and sisters 
who died in the true faith and departed from this 
world, that He may forgive and remit all their sins 
and evil deeds and enable them to rejoice with the 
just and holy ones who pleased Him in their lives, 
let us pray humbly to God, the Lord of all. 

R. Amen. 

D. For this region and all the inhabitants here in, for 
this town (village) and all who dwell here in, for 
this house and its owners and particularly for this 
people, that He would keep far from us, war and 
slavery, robbery, earth quake, famine, epidemics 
and all the afflictions harmful to the body, let us 
pray humbly to God, the Lord of all. 

R. Amen. 

D. For those who have gone astray from the true faith 
and those who are trapped in the snares of satan, 
that He may remove the hardness of their hearts 
and they may realize that God the Father is the one 
true God and that our Lord Jesus Christ is His Son, 
let us pray humbly to God, the Lord of all. 


Great Fast 


87 


R. Amen. 

D. For those who are sick and those afflicted by evil 
spirits, that He may send the angel of health and 
mercy to them, visit them, give them health and by 
His great mercy and kindness help and console 
them, let us pray humbly to God, the Lord of all. 

R. Amen. 

D. For the poor, the destitute, the orphan, the widow 
and those who are oppressed and afflicted 
throughout the whole world, that He may by His 
mercy and kindness protect them and provide for 
them, comfort them and deliver them from those 
who abuse them, let us pray humbly to God, the 
Lord of all. 

R. Amen. 

D. Pray to God the Lord of all that you become a 
kingdom of priests and holy people for Him. Pray 
with tears and supplications to the mighty Lord 
God, because God is a merciful Father and is full 
of compassion and blessings. He does not want 
His creatures to perish; but he wants them to go to 
Him with repentance and to live. It is most fitting 
that we pray to the one God, the Lord of all and the 
most adorable Father; but above all we must 
praise Him, worship Him, extol Him and glorify 
Him with great honour; because He has given hope 
and redemption to our souls through His Messiah. 
May He Himself grant us His grace, blessing and 
mercy in fullness till the end. 

R. Amen 


88 


Ramsa 


Karozuta III 

D. That You send the angel of peace and blessing, we 
humbly beseech You. 

R. Lord, we beseech You. 

D. That You give peace to Your Church and a life 
free from sin, all the days of our life, night and 
day, we beseech You. 

R. Lord, we beseech You. 

D. For the unity in love in the fullness of the Spirit, 
the bond of perfection, we beseech You. 

R. Lord, we beseech You. 

D. For the remission of sins, for all the graces 
necessary for our lives, for all that is pleasing to 
You, we beseech You. 

R. Lord, we beseech You. 

D. For the blessing of the Lord, for continual grace, 
we beseech You. 

R. Lord, we beseech You. 

D. Let us commend ourselves and one another to the 
Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. 

R. To You, O Lord our God. 

(Prayers, pp.ll...] 

D-Basaliqe (Laika Esal .. .Evideyolikyum...) 

My knees are weak through fasting (Ps 109,24) 

Fasting on the mount of Sinai 
Moses got the ten commandments, 

Joshua also by his fasting 


Great Fast 


89 


Stopped the sun’s course for a while, 

Elijah who taught repentance 
Rose up in a cart of fire. 

They decreed a fasting (Jon 3,5) 

Fasting is a wondrous weapon: 

Spread of illness it will hinder. 

Lust and passions it will destroy 
And will give man internal joy. 

Jesus fasted through forty days 
Setting us an example. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

Lord, grant Your abundant graces 
That I walk Your way of fasting; 

Thus prepare well my heart for You, 

That I stretch my hand to strangers, 

As well as to serve my neighbours 
Who are members of Your body. 

[Prayer, pp.l2...J 


Surraya: (is 59,2-8) 

[any Psalm or part thereof may also be selected] 

D. It is your iniquities that have separated you and 
your God;/ and your sins have hid His face from 
you,/ that He will not hear./ Alleluia, Alleluia, 
Alleluia. 

(in alternating choirs) It is your iniquities that have 
separated you and your God;/ and your sins have 
hid His face from you,/ that He will not hear. 


90 


Ramsa 


For your hands are defiled with blood,/ and your 
fingers with iniquity;/ your lips have spoken lies,/ 
your tongue mutters wickedness. 

There is no one who calls for justice,/ neither is 
there any one who judges faithfully;/ they trust in 
vanity and speak lies;/ they conceive iniquity and 
bring forth grief. 

They hatch adder’s eggs,/ and weave a spider's 
web;/ he who eats of their eggs shall die,/ and 
those which hatch out will be found to be vipers. 

Their webs shall not become garments,/ neither 
shall they cover themselves with their works;/ their 
works are works of iniquity,/ and acts of violence 
are in their hands. 

Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed 
innocent blood;/ their thoughts are thoughts of 
iniquity;/ plunder and destruction are in their paths. 

The way of peace they know not;/ and there is no 
justice in their ways;/ they have made their paths 
crooked;/ whosoever walks in them shall not know 
peace. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the 
Holy Spirit./ From all eternity and forever. Amen. 

D. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. 


[Prayers, Huttamma,...pp. 15...] 





NIGHT LITURGY 

(LELJA) 

[Till Marmita, pp.I7...] 



i 

II 

III 

IV 

V 

VI 

VII 

Sun 

*16 

*23 

*30 

*37 

*6 

*13 

*20 

Mon 

*17 

*24 

*31 

*38 

*7 

*14 

*21 

Tue 

*18 

*25 

*32 

*1 

*8 

*15 

*22 

Wed 

*19 

*26 

*33 

*2 

*9 

*16 

*23 

Thu 

*20 

*27 

*34 

*3 

*10 

*17 

*24 

Fri 

*21 

*28 

*35 

*4 

*11 

*18 

*25 

Sat 

*22 

*29 

*36 

*5 

*12 

*19 

*26 


[The community executes the Marmita in two choirs. The deacon begins 
the Marmita , reciting the first versicle. The first choir then recites the 
“Qanona ” and the second choir repeats the first versicle. Then they 
continue alternating the versicles. The “Qanona” is recited at the 
beginning and at the end of all Psalms as they are given in the text. At 
the end “Glory be... ” is added. Then the deacon concludes it with three 

Alleluias.] 

[Prayer, p.18...] 

D-Lelj H (Ktaba Ramba...Ezhuthi narakula...) 

Lead me in Your truth, O Lord (Ps 25,5) 

Time of fasting has approached 
with the pleasing news from God 
that refreshes human mind. 

All the stains of sin I will 
blot out by my repentance; 
and with blossoms of true love 


92 


Lelja 


will I beautify my heart. 

Have mercy on me, O Lord, 
that I may kindle my heart 
with the light of true knowledge; 
for You give hope to sinners. 

Lord, have mercy upon me (Ps 25,16) 

Swept up in whirlpool of sin 
my heart fails and groans humbled 
and seeks, Lord, Your mercy great. 
By the weight of my sins all 
I grow weary and weaker, 
and unable to go on, 
wander and I falter, Lord. 

Nothing have I in Your sight 
that will me afford excuse; 
my sins are before my eyes, 

Lord, You give hope to sinners. 

I humbled my soul with fasting (Ps 35,13) 

Fasting done in repentance 
brings down to us mercy from 
God who is compassionate. 

Earth and sea do tremble for 
fear of sin that stands before; 
hefdless go I and then fall 
in sin and its snares, O Lord. 

In this world, in this journey, 
in Your mercy, light of faith 
bestow upon Your servant, 

Lord, You give hope to sinners. 


Great Fast 


93 


Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

Through the fire of upawasci 
let my sins be blotted out 
and my heart become purer. 

Holy men in earthly life 
through their fasting and penance, 
gained the grace for heavenly bliss 
from their Father, God and Lord. 

Have mercy on me, O Lord, 
that I with sages of old 
enjoy bliss in Your presence, 

For, You give hope to sinners. 

[Continued on pp.18...] 


Subbaha: (is 58, 6-11) 

[any Psalm or part thereof may also be selected] 

D. This is the fast I have chosen:/ to loose the 
bonds of wickedness,/ to cut off the bands of 
treachery,/ to let the oppressed go free,/ and to 
break every yoke./ Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. 

(in alternating choirs ) This is the fast I have chosen:/ to 
loose the bonds of wickedness,/ to cut off the 
bands of treachery,/ to let the oppressed go 
free,/ and to break every yoke. 

To share your bread with the hungry,/ and to 
bring the stranger to your house;/ when you see 
the naked, to cover him;/ and to refuse not one 
of your own flesh. 

Then shall your light break forth as the morning/ 
and your righteousness shall go before you;/ the 


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glory of the Lord shall be your reward. 

Then you shall call, and the Lord shall answer 
you;/ you shall cry, and he shall say, Here am I. 

If you remove deceit from your midst/ and 
release the prisoners and cease speaking 
falsehood,/ and give your bread to the hungry,/ 
and satisfy the afflicted soul,/ then shall your 
light shine in darkness,/ and your darkness be as 
the noonday. 

And the Lord shall guide you continually/ and 
satisfy your soul with rich food;/ and strengthen 
your bones;/ and you shall be like a watered 
garden,/ and like a spring whose water fails 
not. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and the 
Holy Spirit/ From all eternity and forever. 
Amen. 

D. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. 

Tesbohta (Breek Hannana...Alleluia...) 

Brethren, if we keep watch we gain 
the precious fruits of hope and love. 

Men of justice by their fasting 
earned from God the crown of glory. 

The Lord came down on mount Sinai 
and gave Moses His covenant. 

Ancients and Saints, all of them won 
crowns of glory by upaxvcisa. 


Great Fast 


95 


Christ by fasting freed us humans 
who were enslaved by death and sin. 
Let us praise the Lord who gave us 
salvation and life eternal. 

Glory be to Father and Son 
and to the blest Spirit of God. 

[Epistle of the Day] 


Karozuta 

D. Let us all stand with devotion and joy, beseech 
and pray, “Lord, have mercy on us”. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. That You give us strength and inspiration to 
remember the consecration we made at baptism, 
to renew it and to repent, we beseech You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. That You enable us to hear the Word of God 
and to pray earnestly, and thus participate in 
Your paschal mysteries properly, we beseech 
You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. That You bless us, giving us strength to 
recognize sin as evil in the sight of God, to 
realize the social evils deriving from sin and to 
pray for sinners, We beseech You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. That You bless us giving Your Spirit to 


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contemplate Your passion and death, and to add 
external and material services to internal and 
personal penance and expiation, We beseech 
You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. For our Holy Father Mar...., successor of Peter 
and head of all the Churches of God, for our 
Major Archbishop Mar...., for our Archbishop 
Mar...., for our Bishop Mar...., for all the 
Bishops and for all their fellow-ministers, we 
pray You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. Lord, who are rich in Your blessings and an 
ocean of mercy, we pray You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. Our God and our Saviour, give peace to the 
Church You have redeemed by Your precious 
blood and make us stand at Your right along 
with the just at Your glorious coming. 

R. Amen. 


[Concluding Prayer, p.21...J 


MORNING LITURGY 

(SAPRA) 

Onita d-Sapra 


Sunday (Tlmyai...) 

Jerusalem had proclaimed a fast before the Lord (Jer 36,9) 

Glorious is the holy fast 
and a source of good always. 

It yields fruits of blessedness, 
grants control of our passions. 

Because you have humbled yourself (2 Chr 34,27) 

Fasting always grants to us 
fragrant oil that enkindles 
lamps of faith that burn within 
hearts filled with humility. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

O Lord, we all praise Your grace, 
bow in worship on this earth, 
for through fasting You bestow 
hope,success and joy on us. 

[Continued on pp.28...] 


Monday (Thuyai...) 

Today you will be with me in paradise (Lk 23,43) 
Unto man consumed within 
fire of pains, the Lord promised 
Paradise, the source of good, 
and salvation as his goal. 


98 


Sapra 


Remember me, my Lord (Lk 23,42) 

For men who are fainting from 
the heat of this world of pain, 

Lord, in mercy shed on them 
the cool shade of Your blest bliss. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

May the Lord Who rules heaven 
make me worthy of that life; 
from this earth my song of praise 
shall resound within His ears. 

[Continued on pp.47...J 


Tuesday (Thuyai...) 

Out of the depths have I cried to You, O Lord (Ps 129,1) 
Lord, I come and knock at Your 
door of blessing, repenting; 
forgive all my sins, forget, 
and have mercy upon me. 

I acknowledge my transgressions (Ps 51,3) 

When I call my sins to mind, 
my heart fills with fear at once. 

May Your hand which once formed me 
save me at the last judgement. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

Lord, You once Your mercy shed 
on the woman of Canaan; 
my trespasses weigh me down - 
forget all my sins and debts. 

[Continued on pp.47...] 


Great Fast 


99 


Thursday (Thuyai...) 

Be mindful of the words of the prophets (2 Pet 3,2) 

As the words of prophets turned 
bitter for me in this life, 
fear of judgement fills my soul, 
sorrow deepens in my heart. 

I have sinned and done evil in Your sight (Ps 51,4) 

Lord, in mercy, turn my heart 
from the evil where it feeds, 
that a new day I may start 
that will lead me unto good. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

Rashly have I lead my life, 
heedless of the good and bad, 
vexed and anxious as I move, 
finding not a ray of hope. 

[Continued on pp.47...] 


Friday (Thuyai...) 

I have come to call sinners to repentance (Lk 5,32) 

Lord, by sin I have become 
the object of Your just wrath; 
but for You, Lord, Who will now 
accept me with open heart ? 

The Lord is my shepherd (Ps 23,1) 

Lord, Good shepherd, You have called 
sinners back from paths of sin; 
gentiles, too, You have welcomed 
into Your own safe sheepfold. 


100 


Sapra 


Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

I confess, Lord, all my sins 
humbly now in Your presence, 
lest death should come like a thief 
and steal life away from me. 

[Continued on pp.47...] 


Saturday (Thuyai...) 

O Lord, have mercy upon us (Ps 122,3) 

You accepted sacrifice 
from Abel and Abraham; 
please accept today, my Lord, 
the pray-ers I humbly make. 

Hasten, O Lord, to save us (Josh 10,6) 

In Your mercy, Lord, You formed 
man from the dust with Your hand; 
let Your second coming, Lord, 
give man new life that will last. 

Glory he to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

Lord, since You have given us 
Your own body as our food, 
when Your justice judges us 
kindly shed Your grace on us. 

[Continued on pp.47...] 


Great Fast 


101 


EDDANA : THE NOON LITURGY 


Glory to God..., Our Father ...fas at the beginning of Ramsa) 

D. Let us pray, peace be with us. 

C. Our Lord and our God, make us worthy to 
praise and thank Your most glorious Trinity, 
night and day, together with the heavenly ones, 
Lord of all, Father, Son and Holy Spirit 
forever. 

R. Amen. 

Marmita 

[Psalm 22 or any group from the Book of Psalms is selected in the place 
of the Marmita. The Deacon begins it, reciting the first versicle. The 
first choir then recites the Qanona and the second choir repeats the first 
versicle. At the end the Qanona is repeated and “Glory be... ” added] 

Tesbohta (Th uyai...) 

Lord, You deserve all praises; 

Creator and Redeemer, 
we sing Your glories always; 

Christ, the Lord, You live ever. 

We will open our own mouth, 
that we may sing Your glories; 

Jesus Christ You reign always: 
we adore and worship You. (3 times) 

Unto Father and the Son 
and Spirit of holiness, 

One great Lordship, Will and Might, 
we sing praise and thanksgiving. (3 times) 

E). Let us pray, peace be with us. 


102 


Eddana 


C. O my Lord, in Your great mercy, help Your 
adorers. Shower abundantly Your grace on 
those who are calling upon Your Name. 
Appear, O Lord, to redeem Your people and to 
protect Your flock in Your pasture, from all 
dangers, seen and unseen, Lord of all, Father, 
Son and Holy Spirit, forever. 

R. Amen. 

Onita d-Eddana 

(Bendan Sapra...Karunanidhiyam...) 

The earth trembled and was shaken (Ps 77,18) 

When the crucifiers came 
boldly to arrest the Son, 
the earth cried with great shaking, 
asking for Your swift return. 

The sun darkened with weeping, 
and the temple veil was rent. 

The foundations of mountains were shaken and torn up: 

O Christ, You were crucified 
by audacious wicked ones: 

In Your mercy, tend our wounds; 
by Your resurrection, Lord, 
lift us from our fatal fall 
and have mercy on us all. 

Judge me,0 God, and avenge my cause (Ps 43,1) 

Merciless was the judgment 
crucifiers passed on Him; 
wicked people bound Him fast, 
and crucified on the wood. 

Jews and Pharisees cried out: 

“Let Him now be crucified!". 


Great Fast 


103 


Deliver me from the workers of iniquity (Ps 59,2) 
You, the true giver of life 
to all the worlds by Your grace, 
were taken and crucified 
by the haters of the truth. 

By Your Cross, protect Your Church, 
and have mercy on me, Lord! 

Deliver me from my enemies,O God (Ps 59,1) 
Terrible, indeed, the hour, 
when they arrested the Lord! 

The wicked persecutors 
took Him to the judgment seat. 

The disciples fled away 

and were scattered far and wide. 

O God, be merciful unto me (Ps 57,1) 

Simon Peter denied Him, 
saying, “I know not this man”. 

Christ, You came to redeem us, 
suffering passion and Cross, 
tend our wounds in Your mercy, 
and have mercy on us all. 


Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

When You willed to destroy hell 
and conquer its treasury, 
in Your love You endured bonds, 
stood before the judgment seat, 
to destroy the judgment passed 
on Adam, head of our race. 


104 


Eddana 


From all eternity and for ever. Amen: 

O Christ, the Triumphant One, 

You have given victory 
to our fallen human race, 
lifting it up from its fall, 
placing it in heaven's heights: 

Have mercy upon us all. 

D. Let us pray, peace be with us. 

C. Our Lord and our God, we offer praise and 
honour, worship and thanksgiving, at all times 
to Your wonderful and ineffable dispensation 
which You have worked out in Your mercy and 
kindness, completed and perfected for the 
redemption and renewal of our weak nature in 
the First-born from among us, Lord of all, 
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, forever. 

R. Amen. 

D. The wicked have oppressed and afflicted me; 
deliver me, O my Lord and my God. Blessed is 
the Shepherd who suffered passion for His 
sheep. 

Tesbohta (Breek hannana...Alleluia...) 

Good One, O Lord, I pray to You, 

in pain and tears in torrents. 

Suffering kills me, best physician, 
come to my help in Your mercy. 

Good ones are not many in this world, 

that they may please Your good Lordship. 


Great Fast 


105 


Evil multiplied on this earth, 
debts increased and fear reigns. 

Scriptures are all fulfilled intact, 

approaching soon end of this world. 

Save us, O Lord, from all evils; 
press them always and destroy us. 

Good shepherd who took up suffering, 

protect Your sheep safe from wicked. 

Let there be peace in this our world; 
let us become one in Your Peace. 

Let us be made Your own people; 

sing and praise You as You will it. 

Karozuta 

D. Let us all stand well with sorrow and 
compunction, beseech and say: Have mercy on 
us, O Lord. 

R. Have mercy on us, O Lord. 

D. O our God, full of mercies, who freely justify 
the sinners, we beseech You. 

R. Have mercy on us, O Lord. 

D. O good Shepherd, who went in search of our 
race and handed over Yourself for us, we 
beseech You. 

R. Have mercy on us, O Lord. 

D. O true Judge, who are not angry at any time, but 
are patient with us in the hope of our 
repentance, we beseech You. 

R. Have mercy on us, O Lord. 


106 


Eddana 


D. O the Physician of our nature, who came and 
revealed Yourself in the flesh, pardoned our 
debts and healed our wounds, we beseech You. 

R. Have mercy on us, O Lord. 

D. O our Lord, who granted good hope to the 
sinners through the example of publicans and 
sinners whom You received and healed, we 
beseech You. 

R. Have mercy on us, O Lord. 

D. For the welfare of our holy fathers, the Pope, 
the Patriarchs, the Major Archbishops, the 
Archbishops, Bishops and all those who 
minister the Church with them, we beseech You. 

R. Have mercy on us, O lord. 

D. O merciful God, who govern all in mercy, we 
beseech You. 

R. Have mercy on us, O Lord. 

D. O the One who are glorified in heaven and 
adored on earth, we beseech You. 

R. Have mercy on us, O Lord. 

D. For the sinners that they may repent, and for the 
penitents that they may be justified, and for the just 
that they may be perfected, we beseech You. 

R. Have mercy on us, O Lord. 

D. O Christ, our Lord, have compassion on us and 
pardon us in Your grace, and pour out Your 
mercy on all of us. 

R. Amen. 


Great Fast 


107 


D. Let us pray; peace be with us. 

C. We offer You, O Lord, Your Anointed one and 
Your life giving, divine and holy Spirit praise 
and honour, worship and thanksgiving, at all 
times, Lord of all, for ever. 

R. Amen. 

D. Let us raise our voices and praise the living 
God. 

R. (Thuyai...) Holy, holy, holy God 
holy, holy, mighty One 
holy and immortal One 
Lord, have mercy on us all. 

C. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. 

R. Holy, holy,... 

D. From all eternity and for ever. Amen. 

R. Holy, holy,... 

C. Our Father... (as at the beginning of Ramsa) 

D. Let us pray; peace be with us. 

C. Lord, Your name is holy; Your abode is holy; 
those who dwell in heaven and worship You 
are holy; You sanctify our hearts which are the 
temples of God. You purify our conscience; 
You forgive our sins. God who sanctifies all, 
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, for ever. 

R. Amen. Bless, O Lord. 

C. Lord, may the hidden power, infinite blessing 

and unceasing help of Your glorious Trinity be 


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Eddana 


given to us. May the prayers of the Holy Virgin 
Mary, Mar Yawsep and the Blessed Apostles, the 
intercession of our father Mar Thomma Sliha, Mar 
Giwargis and the other Martyrs, the patron 
(patroness) of this church, the confessors and all 
the Saints, help us. May these be our refuge, help 
and protection from the evil one and all his army 
and lead us to eternal happiness, Father, Son and 
Holy Spirit, for ever. 

R. Amen. Bless, O Lord. 

[// a Bishop or Priest leads the Divine Praises, he sings or 
recites the Hattamma facing the faithful and seals them with 
the sign of the Cross at its end] 

C. (Huttamma) Let there be praise to God, 
veneration to the angels, shame to Satan, salutation 
to the Holy Cross, glory to the Church,resurrection 
for the dead, forgiveness to the repentant, liberation 
to prisoners, health for the sick, and lasting peace 
to the world. May the bountiful mercy and blessing 
of God be with us who are weak and are sinners, 
still observing the Great Fast, and with all the 
creatures of the world, now, and always + and 
forever. 


R. Amen. 


WEEKS OF RESURRECTION 

EVENING LITURGY 
(RAMSA) 

f Till Psalm, p. 1...] 



i 

II 

III 

IV 

V 

VI 

VII 

Sun 

2 

54 

46 

65 

56 

11 

20 

Mon 

23 

6 

16 

26 

57 

15 

53 

Tue 

4 

8 

30 

32 

64 

42 

67 

Wed 

3 

12 

19 

39 

63 

45 

60 

Thu 

5 

13 

21 

1 

70 

33 

61 

Fri 

28 

62 

24 

47 

72 

58 

25 

Sat 

29 

14 

43 

48 

75 

17 

41 


[The community executes the Psalm in two choirs. The deacon begins the 
Psalm , reciting the first versicle with three Alleluias. The first choir 
repeats it and then continues alternating the versides. At the end 
“Glory be...” is added. Then the deacon concludes it with three 

Alleluias.] 

[Prayer, incensing, etc. p.2...] 


Da-Qdam (Brikiton...Kartcivil Jnan...) 

This is the day which the Lord has made (Ps 117,24) 

On the week’s first day 
God the Lord once made 
light that illumines. 

On that same first bles-sed day 
the great Saviour of the world 
shattered the might of darkness 
and arose bright from the dead: 

Let us sing - praises unto Him. 


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Ramsa 


You haven’t suffered Your Holy One to see corruption (Ps 16,10) 

Christ has freely willed 
death upon the Cross 
for our salvation. 

He shattered the chains of death 
by rising up in glory. 

Now He rules as Lord of all, 
seated at His Father’s right: 

Let us sing - praises unto Him. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

God the Lord of all 

raised His Son Jesus 

from those who were dead, 

that we may His will fulfill 

by good thoughts and words and deeds. 

May God give us protection 
in Christ our Lord on this earth: 

Let us sing - praises unto Him. 

[Prayer, Evening Psalms, etc. pp.4...] 


D-Batar ( B-Endan Sapra.. .Karunanidhiyam ...) 

He is not here, for He has risen (Mt 28,6) 

Though the tomb was sealed intact 
and was guarded by soldiers, 

Christ rose up with splendour great. 
Glorious is His rising up; 
in my heart 1 contemplate 
and adore You, Lord, in faith. 


Resurrection 


11 


All power in heaven and on earth has been given to nitw/ 28 , 18 ) 

Lord, You opened for us all 
gates of heaven high above. 

Enthroned at the Father’s right 
You now rule as Lord of all, 
heav’n and earth and all therein. 

We adore You, Lord, in faith. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

That we may be sharers in 
bliss eternal in heaven, 
new life of peace and glory, 

God the Father, You willed it, 
by raising Your Son Jesus. 

We adore You, Lord, in faith. 

[Prayer, Trisagion, Evangalion, Karozuta, Prayers, etc. pp.7...] 


D-Basaliqe (Ksaba Rabba...Ezhuthi Narakula...) 

Your sadness will be changed into gladness (Jn 16,20) 

To the tomb of Christ the Lord 
weeping women with spices 
at dawn came on the First Day. 

As they heard the angels speak 
of His rising from the dead, 
they were filled with joy untold, 
and they blessed God with (great) love. 
Since, O Lord, You conquered death 
by Your death and gave us peace, 
which unites us with heaven, 

You are hope of human race. 


112 


Ramsa 


His glory is on earth and in heaven (Ps 148,13) 

Jesus, You bestowed on earth 
splendour that is from heaven 
by Your rising from the dead. 

Powers of darkness were shattered 
in the light of radiant Cross 
which has spread a new spirit 
in this world of sin and death. 

Those who share in Your blest death 
and holy resurrection 
by baptism recognize 
You as hope of human race. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

You are son of first parents 
who indeed have caused our death; 
but as Son of Source of Life 
in this world of sin and death. 

You were for us crucified; 
and thus You have freed indeed 
Mankind crucified by sin. 

God the Lord with mercy great 
raised Adam from death and sin 
through His Son, second Adam, 
who is hope of human race. 

[Prayer, p.l2...J 


Surraya:(Ps. 98,1-6) 

[any Psalm or part thereof may also he selected] 

D. O sing to the Lord a new song;/ for He has done 
marvellous deeds;/ His right hand and His holy 


Resurrection 


113 


arm/ have won Him the victory./ Alleluia, 
Alleluia, Alleluia. 

(in alternating choirs) O sing to the Lord a new song;/ 
for He has done marvellous deeds;/ His right 
hand and His holy arm/ have won Him the 
victory. 

The Lord has made known His salvation;/ His 
justice He has revealed in the sight of the 
nations. 

He has remembered His mercy and His truth / 
toward the house of Israel;/ all the ends of the 
earth have seen/ the salvation of our God. 

Praise the Lord, all the earth;/ break into song 
and sing praise. 

Sing to the Lord with the harp,/ with the harp 
and melodious song. 

With the sound of trumpets/ give praise before 
the Lord, the King. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the 
Holy Spirit./ From all eternity and forever, 
Amen. 

D. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. 


[Prayers, Huttamma,...pp. 15...] 


NIGHT LITURGY 

(LELJA) 

[Till Marmita, pp.17...] 



i 

II 

III 

IV 

V 

VI 

VII 

Sun 

*27 

*34 

*3 : 

MO *17 

*24 

*31 

Mon 

*28 

*35 

*4 = 

Ml 

*18 

*25 

*32 

Tue 

*29 

*36 

*5 : 

M2 

*19 

*26 

*33 

Wed 

*30 

*37 

*6 : 

M3 *20 

*27 

*34 

Thu 

*31 

*38 

*7 : 

M4 *21 

*28 

*35 

Fri 

*32 

*1 

*8 : 

*15 

*22 

*29 

*36 

Sat 

*33 

*2 

Am* 

*9 : 

*16 

*23 

*30 

*37 

[The community executes the 

Marmita 

in two choirs 

. The deacon begins 


the Marmita , reciting the first versicle with three Alleluias. The first 
choir repeats it and then continues alternating the versifies. At the end 
“Glory be...” is added. Then the deacon concludes it with three 
Alleluias.] 

[Prayer, p.18...] 

D-Lelja ( Eskarkun...Marthyakulatliinu...) 

He puts down one, and sets up another (Ps 75,7) 

Jesus was raised on Gagultci 
with thieves on Cross 
on that Friday of Passion. 

One of those thieves, at His left hand, 
was insulting 

with those who Him crucified. 

One at the right, repented of 
his sins and requested: 

‘ k When You are in Your kingdom 
in mercy remember me”. 

You who came to call sinners 
to repentance and return. 


Resurrection 


115 


gave him then and there, O Lord, 
entrance into Paradise, 

Fount of mercy, You. 

Unto You, O Lord, I lift up my soul (Ps 25,1) 

Mary Magdalene, in anxiety, 
at break of day 

when she came to Jesus’ tomb 
did not find the stone at His grave; 
nor His body 

that was laid to rest therein. 

When she saw one standing there, 
overcome she asked of him: 

‘Where have you placed in secret 
body of my Lord Jesus’? 

Seeing ardent love in her 
and the concern for her Lord, 

You did make her fill with joy 
revealing Yourself to her, 

Fount of mercy, You. 

He has made us live together with Christ (Eph 2,5) 
Dispelling all pain and sorrow, 
to grant to us, 

humble children, peace of mind, 

You were most willing to accept 
human body, 

subjected to decay through sin. 

Lord, who by Your resurrection 
raised human race once for all, 

You in glory great, 
august presence of Father; 

You gave us bliss of heaven 


116 


Lelja 

with the angels who serve You. 

You who lead the human race 
as the Way and Truth and Life, 

Fount of mercy, You. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holv Spirit: 

Lord of all, You raised Your Son from 
those who were dead, 
in great glory, in this w'orld. 

Gave Him greatest honour in Your 
august presence 
in heaven for ever, above. 

Perfect power You gave Him, Lord, 
both in heaven and on earth. 

You Him made the head of Your 
Church, for all eternity; 

You raised Your Son from the dead 
with glory great for ever. 

Lord, we praise You with angels 
for Your grace You have bestowed. 

Fount of mercy, You. 

t Continued on p.18...] 

Subbaha:(Co/ 3 , 1 - 4 ) 

[any Psalm or part thereof may also be selected] 

D. If then you are risen with Christ,/ seek those 
things which are above,/ where Christ sits on 
the right hand of God./ Alleluia, Alleluia, 
Alleluia. 

(in alternating choirs) If then you are risen with 
Christ,/ seek those things which are above,/ 
where Christ sits on the right hand of God. 


Resurrection 


117 


Set your mind on things above,/ not on things on 
earth. 

For you have died,/ and your life is hidden with 
Christ in God. 

When Christ, who is our life, shall appear,/ then 
shall you also appear with Him in glory. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the 
Holy Spirit./ From all eternity and forever, 
Amen. 

D. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. 


Tesbohta C Thuyai ...) 

Let us praise the Lord who saved 
those who wandered in despair, 
anxious and in fear of death 
captive to the evil powers. 

When the gates of heaven closed 
through the sin of human race, 

Lord, You came to reconcile; 

You alone our Peace-maker. 

Though we did not seek You out, 
Lord of all, You came and dwelt 
in this world to save us all. 

We sing praises gratefully. 

Through the story of lost sheep, 
the good shepherd went to seek, 

You revealed Your great mercy 
and Your work to save us all. 

Though through sin we tasted death, 
You have given Life again; 


118 


Lelja 


like sons You have made us heirs, 
in the Kingdom where You reign. 

Joy abounded in heaven 
as the Son of God bestowed 
new life and resurrection 
to all those who would repent. 

Though my tongue cannot express 
Your deep love and tenderness 
toward the human race, O Lord, 

I bow down and worship You. 

Unto Father and the Son 

and Spirit of Holiness 

one great Lordship, Will and Might, 

we sing praise and thanksgiving 

[Epistle of the Day ] 

Karozuta 

D. Let us all stand fittingly in joy and happiness, 
beseech the Lord and say, “Lord, have mercy on 
us”. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. O Christ, by the Resurrection of Your holy body 
the doors of Sheol were broken, and You 
destroyed sin and death by Your Resurrection, we 
beseech You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. O Christ, who by the Resurrection of Your holy 
body, destroyed death and gave us new life, and 
who renewed the whole of creation by Your 
Resurrection, we beseech You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 


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D. O Christ, who by the Resurrecton of Your holy 
body, raised up the dead from their tombs, and 
who raised up all human kind from mortality by 
Your Resurrection, we beseech You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. O Christ, who by the Resurrection of Your holy body, 
brought shame to Your crucifiers and guards, and who 
gladdened the community of the disciples by Your 
Resurrection, we beseech You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. O Christ, who by the Resurrection of Your holy 
body, announced joy to the women, and the women 
to the Apostles, and the Apostles to one another, 
and thus declared redemption for the entire world 
through Your Resurrection, we beseech You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. O Christ, who by the Resurrection of Your holy 
body, promised us general resurrection that we 
may rise up in the newness of Your Resurrection, 
we beseech You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. O Christ, who by the Resurrection of Your holy 
body, appeared many times to Your disciples and 
breathed into them Your Holy Spirit, and thus 
gladdened and delighted all by Your Resurrection, 
we beseech You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. O Christ, who by the Resurrection of Your holy 
body, sent Your disciples to teach all peoples and 


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to baptize them in the Name of the Father and of 
the Son and of the Holy Spirit and who promised 
to be with them until the end of the world and so 
present amidst us who celebrate Your 
Resurrection, we beseech You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. O Christ, who by the Resurrection of Your holy 
body, exalted and gladdened us by the renewal, 
delighted us by the redemption, enriched us with 
Your gifts, raised up our heads to Your height, 
filled our hearts with Your joy and enlivened our 
souls with Your Resurrection, we beseech You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. For our Holy Father Mar...., successor of Peter 
and head of all the Churches of God, for our Major 
Archbishop Mar...., for our Archbishop Mar...., 
for our Bishop Mar...., for all the Bishops and for 
all their fellow-ministers, we pray You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. Lord, who are rich in Your blessings and an ocean 
of mercy, we pray You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. Our God and our Saviour, give peace to the 
Church You have redeemed by Your precious 
blood and make us stand at Your right along with 
the just at Your glorious coming. 

R. Amen 


[Concluding Prayer, p.21...] 


MORNING LITURGY 
(SAPRA) 

Onita d-Sapra 

Sunday ( Brikiton...Kartavil Jnan...) 

Death is swallowed up in victory (1 Cor 15,54) 

The Scriptures on Christ 
were fulfilled on earth 
with all perfection. 

He offered His life for us, 
that He might destroy our sins; 
as is written in the book, 
on the third day He arose 
with glory - and reigns in new life. 

Hear this, all people (Ps 49,1) 

If we praise Jesus, 

Saviour’of the world, 
as our Lord and God, 
if we stand firm in our faith, 
that He was raised from the dead 
by God in His grace and might, 
and proclaim it with our tongue, 
we will gain - life everlasting. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

We confide our hope 
in our Lord Jesus 
and in His rising. 

If we put our trust only 
on this earth and its concerns, 
we will all indeed become 
most wretched of all people: 

It will be - truly unfortunate. 

[Continued on p.28...J 


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Monday (Thuyai...) 

Without me you can do nothing (Jn 15,5) 

I, your Lord, am the true Door, 
and all who come in through Me 
shall find life and salvation 
and shine in the land of light. 

Remain with me and I with you (Jn 15,4) 

If you truly live in Me, 

I will gladly dwell in you. 

If a branch is cut from vine, 
it shall yield no fruit at all. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

You Who by Your blood have won 
salvation for humankind, 
are alone my Advocate 
at Your Father’s august throne. 

[Continued on p.47...] 


Tuesday (Thuyai...) 

When sin had increased, grace became abundant (Rom 5,20) 

Adam by his body brought 
painful death for all mankind. 

Christ the Lord by His body 
restored life to man again. 

It was better for one man to die instead of the people(7/? 18,14) 

Jewish priests in anger killed 
Christ, the great eternal priest. 


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And His holocaust provides 
lasting shelter for all men. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

God the Father, Lord of all, 
gave His power to the Son, 
that He give us lasting life; 
thus we now all worship Him. 

[Continued on p.47...] 


Thursday ( Thuyai ...) 

My children, abide in Him (1 Jn 2,28) 

If you have risen with Christ, 
as He rose up from the dead, 
seek the kingdom of heaven, 
where He rules with His Father. 

Our labours are in heavenly thingsfP/i// 3,20) 

We live with the Lord Jesus, 
and have been made one with God. 

We should renounce earthly views 
and seek things that are above. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 
Christ alone is our true life. 

When He comes to judge the world, 

we shall be partakers in 

the great glory He will bring. 

[Continued on p.47...] 


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Friday (Brikiton...Kartavil Jncin...) 

How good and how pleasant it is ! (Ps 132,1) 

The Lamb is a type 
of our Lord Jesus 
on this earth indeed. 

Even when the lamb is dead, 
its skin can make instruments 
which make music sweet resound 
gently on the ears of men. 

God’s good news - shall all hearts delight. 

In Christ shall all be made alive (1 Cor 15,22) 

Though Satan once held 
the power of death 
over men on earth. 

You, Lord Jesus, by Your death, 
triumphed over him and won. 

Men who lived in affliction 
in the fear of death as slaves, 

Lord, You saved - and freed them in truth. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

Glory and honour 
God the Father gave 
His Son for ever. 

For He, in His great mercy, 

was willing to embrace death 

for all people on this earth, 

and freed us from slavery: 

let us now - sing Him songs of praise. 

[Continued on p.47...] 


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Saturday ( Thuyai ...) 

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven (Ps 32,1) 

From this world where sin had slain 
the blest nature of mankind, 

Christ by His Cross did away 
with sin and its pompous rule. 

I am crucified to the world (Gal 6,14) 

Fasting, let us nail ourselves, 
crown with thorns of commandments, 
and with Christ be crucified 
by love while still in this world. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

When the crosses ring me round, 

Lord, Your passion comforts me; 

Lord, Your Cross is crown of gold 
for my vict’ry over sin. 

[Continued on p.47...] 


WEEKS OF APOSTLES 

EVENING LITURGY 
(RAMSA) 

[Till Psalm, p. 1...] 



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[The community executes the Psalm in two choirs. The deacon begins 
the Psalm , reciting the first versicle with three Alleluias. The first choir 
repeats it and then continues alternating the versicles. At the end 
“Glory be..." is added. Then the deacon concludes it with three 

Alleluias.] 

[Prayer, incensing, etc. p.2...] 


Da-Qdam (Sahde Havaiton...Kartave Nin...) 

Your saving health among all nations (Ps 67,2) 

On the day of Pentecost, 
in the form of fiery tongues, 

God the Holy Spirit, came 
and renewed the Apostles. 

Your commandments have I impressed on my heart (Ps 118,11) 
Hearts restored with new spirit, 
steadfast, fervent and divine, 


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127 


they went out through all the earth 
witnesses of the Good News. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

Spirit burned within their hearts 
as they witnessd to the faith, 
and gave strength to overcome 
obstacles which came their way. 

[Prayer, Evening Psalms, etc. pp.4...] 

D-Batar ( B-Endan Sapra...Karitnanidhiyam...) 

I will bless the Lord at all times (Ps 34,1) 

Let us sing our praise to Him, 
who for us, weak human race, 
has suffered and tasted death. 

By His resurrection, Christ 
has bestowed redemption on 
those who were in sin and death. 

Great is the glory of the Lord (Ps 137,5) 

Trampling down death and all sin, 

Jesus sat upon the throne 
at His Father’s own right hand. 

Gifts of the Holy Spirit 
He poured out on all the world; 

His greatness then all could see. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

Let us sing our praise to Him 
who sent out His Apostles 
for saving the human race, 
that was wading through the sea 
of afflictions and tears, 
and bestowed heaven to them. 

[ Prayer, Trisagion, Evangalion, Karozuta, Prayers, etc. pp.7..] 


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D-Basaliqe (Almadbah Qudsa...Marthyamanisha...) 

They all continued together in prayer (Acts 1,14) 

Anxious for their lives - hiding in secret 
moment by moment - the Apostles wait. 

God has chosen the weak ones (I Cor 1,27) 

The Holy Spirit - pours out all graces 
they all shone brightly - on this our planet. 

Both small and great (Ps 114,21) 

Enjoying sweetness - of their holy words 
those on earth were filled - with the bliss of heav'n. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; 

Take shelter in Your - grace, O Paraclete, 
the poor and needy - and they worship You. 

[Prayer, p. 12...] 

Surraya:(Ps 104 , 30 - 35 ) 

[any Psalm or part thereof may also be selected ] 

D. You send forth Your Spirit,/ they are created,/ 
and You renew the face of the earth./ Alleluia, 
Alleluia, Alleluia. 

(in alternating choirs) You Send forth Your Spirit,/ 
they are created,/ and You renew the face of the 
earth. 

The glory of the Lord endures for ever;/ the 
Lord shall rejoice in His works. 


Apostles 


129 


He looks upon the earth, and it trembles;/ He 
touches the hills, and they smoke. 

I will sing to the Lord as long as 1 live;/ I will 
sing praise to my God/ while I have life. 

Let my praise be acceptable to Him;/ I will be 
glad in the Lord. 

Let sinners be consumed from the earth,/ and let 
the wicked be no more. / Bless the Lord, O my 
soul./ Praise the Lord! 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the 
Holy Spirit./ From all eternity and forever, 
Amen. 

D. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. 


[Prayers, Huttamma,...pp. 15...] 


NIGHT LITURGY 

(LELJA) 

[77// Marmitci, pp. 17...] 



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[The commun 

tty exec 

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Marmita in two choirs 

. The deacon begi 

the Marmita, 

reciting the fit 

st ver sic 

le with three 

Alleluias. The fi 


choir repeats it and then continues alternating the versides. At the end 
“Glory be...” is added. Then the deacon concludes it with three 


Alleluias. ] 

[Prayer, p.18...] 


D-Lelja (Sahde Havaiton...Kartave Nin...) 

The rich in faith become heirs of heaven (Jam 2,5) 

“I shall go and send to you 
My own Spirit from above. 

He will bring down to you all 
gifts of wisdom”, said the Lord. 

Who can utter the mighty acts of the Lord ? (Ps 106,2) 
Gathered in the upper room, 
the Apostles prayed as one, 
so that they might all receive 
gifts, the Holy Spirit brings. 


Apostles 


131 


They were all filled with the Holy Spirit ( Acts 2,4) 

As our Lord had promised them, 
the good Spirit did come down 
in the form of fiery tongues 
upon the Apostle’s heads. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

Filled with wisdom, they praised God 
and His glory they made known. 

People were all wonder-struck 
at their wisdom and praised God. 

[Continued on p.18...] 

Subbaha:(7o^/ 2,28-32) 

[any Psalm or part thereof may also be selected ] 

D. And it shall come to pass afterward/ that I will 
pour out My Spirit on all flesh;/ and your sons 
and your daughters shall prophesy,/ your old 
men shall dream dreams,/ your young men shall 
see visions./ Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. 

(in alternating choirs) And it shall COme tO pass 
afterward/ that I will pour out My Spirit on all 
flesh;/ and your sons and your daughters shall 
prophesy,/ your old men shall dream dseams,/ 
your young men shall see visions. 

And also upon the servants and upon the 
handmaids/ in those days will I pour out My 
Spirit. 

And I will show wonders in the heavens/ and 
on earth, blood and fire and pillars of smoke. 


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The sun shall be turned into darkness/ and the 
moon into blood,/ before the great and the 
terrible Day of the Lord comes. 

And it shall come to pass/ that whoever shall 
call upon the Name of the Lord/ shall be 
delivered;/ for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem 
there shall be deliverance,/ as the Lord has said 
to the remnant/ whom the Lord has called. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the 
Holy Spirit./ From all eternity and forever, 
Amen. 

D. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. 


Tesbohta (Breek Hannanci...Alleluia...) 

Son of God, You kept the promise 
which You made to Your Apostles. 

You sent on them Spirit of truth 
in the form of tongues of fire. 

On those who were weak and anxious 
You shed light and made them all strong. 
They were clothed with Your Spirit new 
and bore witness to Your Good News. 

Let that pow-er which once filled them 
be to us on earth a fortress. 

Apostles are flowing fountains 
that bring graces into the Church. 

Lord, in mercy, hear their prayers 
and on us all Your grace bestow. 


Apostles 


133 


Glory be to Father and Son 
and Holy Spirit for ever. 

[Epistle of the Day] 


Karozuta 

D. Let us all stand with joy and devotion,saying 
repeatedly, “Lord, we thank You”. 

R. Lord, we thank You. 

D. Lord, You have promised us the Spirit of truth 
to make us walk in all truth. 

R. Lord, we thank You. 

D. Lord, You have sent the Comforter in the form 
of tongues of fire upon the Apostles who were 
assembled in prayer to receive the baptism of 
the Spirit and You confirmed them in the faith. 

R. Lord, we thank You. 

D. Lord, You have given wisdom and strength 
through the Holy Spirit to the Apostles who 
were ignorant and timid. 

R. Lord, we thank You. 

D. Lord, You have given the Holy Spirit to the 
Apostles and through them You promised 
remission of sins to the world. 

R. Lord, we thank You. 


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D. Lord, You have appointed the Apostles to 
preach the Gospel message to all and You 
promised to be with them always. 

R. Lord, we thank You. 

D. Lord, You have sent Your Apostle Thomas to 
India to lead us to the path of everlasting life. 

R. Lord, we thank You. 

D. For our Holy Father Mar...., successor of Peter 
and head of all the Churches of God, for our 
Major Archbishop Mar...., for our Archbishop 
Mar...., for our Bishop Mar...., for all the 
Bishops and for all their fellow-ministers, we 
pray You. 

R. Lord, have mercv on us. 

D. Lord, who are rich in Your blessings and an 
ocean of mercy, we pray You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. Our God and our Saviour, give peace to the 
Church You have redeemed by Your precious 
blood and make us stand at Your right along 
with the just at Your glorious coming. 

R. Amen. 


[Concluding Prayer, p.21...] 


MORNING LITURGY 

(SAPRA) 

Onita d-Sapra 

Sunday (Brikiton...Kartavil Jnan...) 

You send forth Your Spirit (Ps 104,30) 

In His great mercy, 

God sent His Spirit 
on the Cenacle. 

The unlearned Apostles 
were made wise by His bright gifts, 
so that they might make all know 
the true God and come to Him. 

Let us sing - praises unto Him. 

You renew the face of the earth (Ps 104,30) 

On the holy Pasch 
God the Son offered 
Himself as victim. 

On the day of Pentecost 

He sent the Holy Spirit 

and fulfilled His promises 

and was crowned with God’s glory. 

Let us sing - praises unto Him. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

God’s Holy Spirit 
who is Consoler 
shed light on the world. 

Man reborn was freed from sins 
by the gift of baptism. 

In those who were poor orphans 
new hope has put forth its leaves. 

Great is the - Gift of the Spirit. 

[Continued on p.28...] 


136 


Sapra 


Monday (Almadbah Qudsa...Marthyamanisha...) 

I will bless the Lord at all times (Ps 34,1) 

Triune God Who is - beyond human grasp 
we human beings - worship in true faith. 

For ever and ever (Ps 113,2) 

Holy Trinity - boundless reality 
One in its nature - reigns for ever. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

Lord God, most holy - Your holy Power 
we humbly worship - And sing Your praises. 

[Continued on p.47...] 


Tuesday ( Brikiton...Kartavil Jnan...) 

We work together with God (1 Cor 3,9) 

The blest Apostles 
guarded holy Church 
with help from the Cross. 

They plucked all weeds from the earth, 
they sowed new seeds with delight. 

So that the Word’s seed might grow, 
they shed blood to water it. 

And the Church - daily praises them. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

They carried always 
love with faith and hope 
as their sole weapon. 

They conquered earthly passions 
and acquired new strength of soul. 

In the path of His good news 
they marched and gained all success. 

Thus they now - enjoy lasting crown. 

[Continued on p.47...] 


Apostles 


137 


Thursday (Msiha Paroqe...Ulkkollunnu...) 

You are my friends (Jn 15,14) 

Here we are not aliens 
we are God’s own little ones, 
brought up by His Providence 
in the holy house of God. 

Apostles and prophets are 
the firm foundation for us. 

On them we are built as house, 
and Christ is the corner stone. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

But for Christ there is no stone 
for us as our foundation. 

With silver or gold or wood, 
one can build up on this stone. 

On the judgement day it will 
come to light - the fire will test - 
lasting work will be valued 
and its worker will be crowned. 

[Continued on p.47...] 


Friday (Laika Essal...Evideyolikyum...) 

Our Lord strengthened their words by the miracles (Mk 16,20) 
Cripple thought that they would give him 
something like he had then hoped for; 

Simon gave him what he could not 
hope for, nor could ever expect. 

How wonderful is the Lord’s grace, 

Who blesses all His saints indeed. 



138 


Sapra 


Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holv Spirit: 

The truth of the Lord’s blest rising 
and its glory and majesty, 

Simon convinced all the people 
through the healing of that cripple. 

Let us praise the Lord of all. Who 
bestowed healing through His servants. 

[Continued on p.47...j 
Saturday ( Thuyai ...) 

We are made heirs to the hope of eternal life (Tit 3,7) 

The Apostles who were filled 
with the august gift bestowed, 
shed the light of life on men 
that will last forever more. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 
As we have by baptism 
gained the likeness of the Lord, 

Who died and regained His life, 
let us raise our minds on high. 


[Continued on p.47...] 


WEEKS OF SUMMER 

EVENING LITURGY 
(RAMSA) 

[7/7/ Psalm, p.l...] 



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[The community executes the Psalm in two choirs. The deacon begins the 
Psalm, reciting the first versicle with three Alleluias. The first choir 
repeats it and then continues alternating the versifies. At the end 
“Glory be...” is added. Then the deacon concludes it with three 

Alleluias.] 

[Prayer, incensing, etc. p.2...] 


Da-Qdam (Sahde Hawaiton...Kartave Nin...) 

The Lord opens the eyes of the blind (Ps 145,8) 

As the blind man prayed to You, 

I come now and cry to You; 
heal me from my illnesses, 

Lord of mercies, Christ Jesus. 

Knock and it shall be opened to you (Mt 7,7) 

At Your door of mercy, Lord, 

I too come and humbly knock; 


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as You promised us, O Lord, 
open wide Your kindly door. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

Lord of all whose glory fills 
the heavens eternally, 
kindly create in my soul 
Your own state of Paradise. 

[Prayer, Evening Psalms, etc. pp.4...J 


D-Batar ( Drikithon...Kartavil Jnan...) 

Show me Your ways, O Lord (Ps 25,4) 

We wander, O Lord, 
through the narrow ways 
of our life’s journey. 

But Your mercy gives us hope 
because You are great in love. 

As You helped in Egypt then 
Joseph with Your mighty hands, 
help us too - always and ever. 

The righteous shall live by faith (Rom 1,17) 

Those who follow well 

Your great example, 

guided by Your love, 

those who with a burning heart 

renounce all things that will pass, 

shall have joy and bliss untold 

in heaven with You, O Lord, 

Jesus Christ - always and ever. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 
Who can ever tell 
Your supreme glory, 


Summer 


141 


Lord, the God of all ? 

Your wealth is so infinite 
that we cannot fathom it. 

Father, we sing Your praises 
through Your Son, our Lord Jesus; 

He stands as - Saviour eternal. 

[Prayer, Trisag ion, Evangalion, Karozuta, Prayers, etc. pp.7...] 


D-Basaliqe ( B-Endan Sapra... Karunanidhiycim ...) 

The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree (Ps 92,12) 

True faith which is firm and strong 
is for humans like their soul; 
for it gives them sense and goal. 

We will become motionless 
like a body that’s lifeless, 
should we lose our faithfulness. 

Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous (Ps 33,1) 

By our faith, we in this world 
make in truth a lasting bond 
with the one God, our Father. 

By faith, love and true wisdom 
we share life in God’s Kingdom 
where He reigns in all wisdom 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

Let me offer, O my Lord, 
my faith though it’s weak and cold, 
as my humble gift, O God. 

By Your grace, please make it Lord, 
rich in Your sight as pure gold; 
lead me to Your true abode. 

[Prayer, p. 12...] 


142 


Ramsa 


Surraya: (Ps 25,4-9) 


[any Psalm or part thereof may also be selected] 

D. Show me Your ways, O Lord;/ teach me Your 
paths./ Alleluia, Alleluia/ Alneluia. 

(in alternating choirs) Show me Your ways, O Lord;/ 
teach me Your paths. 

Lead me in Your truth, and teach me;/ for You 
are my God and my Saviour;/ for You I wait all 
the dav. 

j 

Remember, O Lord, Your tender mercies and 
Your loving-kindnesses;/ for they have existed 
from the beginning of the world. 

Remember not the foolishness of my youth,/ but 
according to Your abundant mercy/ remember 
me for the sake of Your goodness, O God. 

Good and upright is the Lord;/ therefore He 
will direct sinners in their way. 

He will guide the meek in judgement,/ and He 
will teach the poor His way. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the 
Holy Spirit./ From all eternity and forever, 
Amen. 

D. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. 


[Prayers, Huttamma, p.J5...J 


NIGHT LITURGY 
(LELJA) 

[Till Marmita, pp.17...] 



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Fri 

*16 

*23 

*30 

*37 

*6 

*13 

*20 

Sat 

*17 

*26 

*31 

*38 

*7 

*14 

*21 


[The community executes the Marmita in two choirs. The deacon begins 
the Marmita, reciting the first versicle with three Alleluias. The first 
choir repeats it and then continues alternating the versifies. At the end 
“Glory be...” is added. Then the deacon concludes it with three 

Alleluias. / 


[Prayer, p.18...] 


D-Lelj 3 ( Eskcirkiin...Marthyakulathinu...) 

Your word is a light to my path (Ps 118,105) 

Lamp of knowledge,/ has been put out 

through our evils 

on the path of life on earth. 

We who came from dust of earth 
seek the passing joys of earth. 

Though Your hand will pull us out 
from the filth of sin and dirt, 
we go deeper into shame 
and plunge into greater sin; 


144 


Lelja 


casting off all lofty thoughts, 
we seek only impure speech. 

Change us into worthy harps, 
praising You with joyous hearts, 

Our God, Lord of all. 

Depart from evil and do good (Ps 34,14) 

O Lord, Your words,/ do us proclaim 
vanity of world and all its silly pomp. 
We all have to/ walk the path of 
good deeds which You 
taught us so to gain heaven. 

Vanities when come and beckon 
boldly we should reject them. 

We should invite for banquet 
those who’re poor and not the rich; 
we should go and call them all 
so that they may fill the hall. 

"Father Mine will repay you", 
promised us our Master great, 
our God, Lord of all. 

My lord, have patience with me (Mt 18,26) 

Lord who gave more/ time to fig tree 
that was fruitless, 

granting some more care and water. 
Although we are/ sinners so long 
kindly give us 

care and shelter for more time. 

Lord, who see all things as they are. 
You know all within our heart. 

On that day when You seek fruit 
from us all in Your justice, 


Summer 


145 


help us that You may not find 
us as empty and fruitless. 

Give us tears of repentance, 

You who died for all of us, 

Our God, Lord of all. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

Give Your people/ everlasting peace, 

Lord that we may 

sing Your praises with Your Saints. 

Lord grow in us/ who are human 
unity and 

blameless love for one and all. 

May Your peace reign over us all 
and not war or dissension. 

In Your mercy, guard us, Lord, 
who worship You with angels. 

Heal the sick and wounded ones, 
help the needy and the weak. 

Hear the poor and afflicted, 
confer graces unto all, 

Our God, Lord of all. 

[Continued on p. 18...] 


Subbaha :(is 63,15-17) 

[any Psalm or part thereof may also be selected] 

D. Look down from heaven/ and behold from Your 
holy and glorious habitation./ Where is Your 
zeal and Your strength?/ Turn Your tender 
mercies and compassion toward us./ Are they 
restrained?/ Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. 


146 


Lelja 


{in alternating choirs) Look down from heaven/ and 
behold from Your holy and glorious habitation./ 
Where is Your zeal and Your strength?/ Turn 
Your tender mercies and compassion toward 
us./ Are they restrained? 

For You are our Father./ Were Abraham not to 
know us / nor Israel to acknowledge us,/ You, 
O Lord, are our Father, and our Saviour;/ Your 
name is from everlasting. 

O Lord, why have You let us wander from Your 
way/ and harden our hearts so as not to 
reverence You?/ Return, for the sake of Your 
servants,/ the tribes of Your heritage. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the 
Holy Spirit./ From all eternity and forever, 
Amen. 

D. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. 


Tesbohta ( Thuyai ...) 

Lord, who freed us from the yoke 
of the fear of death and law, 

You removed the sting of death: 
Thus we offer praise and love. 
Lord, You came in search of us 
who from You, the Shepherd, fled, 
and freed us from all dangers: 

Thus we offer praise and love. 

Lord of mercy, You likened 
one who in his heart repents 


Summer 


147 


to a sheep who has been lost 
but now returns to Your fold. 
Lord crowns us with resurrection 
through His death and great Rising, 
and whom He saved by His blood, 
He made really sons of God. 

Christ, the lover of mankind, 
gives us all His grace in deed; 
none on earth can tell it well, 
all in heav’n rejoice in Him. 
Lord, You came to share our estate; 
through You, we are joined to God. 
Mediator for our race, 

You our pardon and our peace. 
Father, everlasting Lord, 

Son, eternal King of all, 

and eternal Spirit, true, 

praise and thanks are due to You. 

[Epistle of the Day] 


Karozuta 

D. Let us all stand with joy and devotion, saying 
repeatedly, “Lord, we thank You”. 

R. Lord, we thank You. 

D. Lord our God, in everything You help those who 
love You. 

R. Lord, we thank You. 

D. Lord, You have promised great reward for those 


148 


Lelja 


who suffer contempt, affliction and false 
accusation for Your sake. 

R. Lord, we thank You. 

D. Lord, since You have promised reward even for a 
cup of water, given to a neighbour in Your Name. 

R. Lord, we thank You. 

D. Lord, You have promised a hundredfold in this life 
and eternal life in heaven for those who forsake 
for You, their relatives or wealth. 

R. Lord, we thank You. 

D. For our Holy Father Mar...., successor of Peter 
and head of all the Churches of God, for our Major 
Archbishop Mar...., for our Archbishop Mar...., 
for our Bishop Mar...., for all the Bishops and for 
all their fellow-ministers, we pray You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. Lord, who are rich in Your blessings and an ocean 
of mercy, we pray You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. Our God and our Saviour, give peace to the 
Church You have redeemed by Your precious 
blood and make us stand at Your right along with 
the just at Your glorious coming. 

R. Amen. 


[Concluding Prayer, p.21...] 


MORNING LITURGY 

(SAPRA) 

Onita d-Sapra 


Sunday (Laika Esal...Evideyolikyum...) 

The sower who sowed, sowed the Word (Mk 4,14) 

All those who are pure and upright 
are like seeds that yield rich harvest: 

Some of them yield thirty fold fruit, 
some yield up a healthy sixty; 
there are those who accept the Word 
and yield even hundredfold fruit. 

Every good tree bears good fruit (Mt 7,17) 

In this world the Kingdom of God 
is like yeast a lady took up 
and mixed with three bushels of flour, 
fixing dough for making the bread. 

It leavened the whole dough and then 
swelled up and changed it fittingly. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

Run along the path of goodness 
through the streets of truth, gentleness, 
and of patience; go you forward 
through the ways of faith so homeward; 
through the steps of love you hasten 
that you may gain your final goal. 


[Continued on p. 28 ...] 


150 


Sapra 


Monday (Thuyai...) 

The earth receives blessing from God (Heb 6,7) 

The Lord Who has created 
all this world by just His word 
gives us rain and sun as well, 
and roots, flowers, trees and fruits. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

Lord, You give man who labours 
seeds and sustenance all days. 

We sing praises for Your gifts 
which indeed are unequalled. 

[Continued on p.47...] 


Tuesday (Thuyai...) 

Death is swallowed up in victory (1 Cor 15,55) 

By the sin one committed 

death has come throughout the world; 

but by His obedience, 

Christ arose and made death end. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

The Lord poured forth His goodness, 
greater than evils on earth; 
thus mankind was purified 
and God’s justice did prevail. 


[Continued on p.47...] 


Slimmer 


151 


Thursday (Esthappanos...Nadha Ninnude...) 

Teach me Your way, O Lord (Ps 27,11) 

Lord, that we may walk Your paths 
daily without fault or blame, 
that we may observe Your laws, 
stand by us and help always. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

Human wisdom by no means 
comprehends Your great mercy. 

God the Father, in Your Son, 
we praise always Your mercy. 

[Continued on p.47...] 


Friday ( Thuyai...) 

Here we have not a permanent city (Heb 13,14) 

No, we have not in this world 
cities that will last ever. 

Let us seek God’s Kingdom here 
that we enjoy lasting peace. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 
The world and its pomp vanish 
like a bubble of the sea. 

Those who ever do God’s will 
shall endure forever more. 


[Continued on p.47...] 


152 


Sapra 


Saturday (Thuyai...) 

He shall find for himself the light of life (Jn 8,12) 

As I sinned and lost Your light 
darkness filled me to the brim; 
let the splendour of Your truth 
give me, Lord, Your lasting light. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

Lord of all. Who dwell always 
in true radiant light above, 
send Your rays and fill my heart 
that it be made luminous. 


[Continued on p.47...] 


WEEKS OF ELIJAH-SLIBA AND MOSES 

EVENING LITURGY 

(RAMSA) 

[Till Psalm, p. 1...] 



I 

II 

III 

IV 

V 

VI 

VII 

Sun 

46 

65 

56 

11 

20 

23 

54 

Mon 

51 

26 

64 

15 

53 

2 

6 

Tue 

30 

32 

57 

42 

67 

4 

8 

Wed 

19 

39 

63 

45 

1 

3 

12 

Thu 

21 

43 

70 

33 

61 

5 

13 

Fri 

24 

47 

72 

58 

25 

28 

62 

Sat 

41 

48 

75 

17 

60 

29 

14 


[The community executes the Psalm in two choirs. The deacon begins the 
Psalm, reciting the first versicle with three Alleluias. The first choir 
repeats it and then continues alternating the versicles. At the end 
“Glory be...” is added. Then the deacon concludes it with three 

Alleluias.] 

[Prayer, incensing, etc. p.2...] 

[In the “Glory be...” the first strophe is sung before the Feast of the 
Cross (September 14) and the second after the Feast] 


Da-Qdam ( Esthappanos...Nadha Ninnude...) 

What do you have which was not given to you? (1 Cor 4,7) 

With hands empty man arrives 
when he is born on this earth; 
so he goes with empty hands 
at death when he leaves this world. 

The world passes away, and the lust thereof (1 Jn 2,17) 

O, my soul, unhappy one, 
rise up now from sleep; repent. 


154 


Ramsa 


The world with its passing wealth 
now is running to its end. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. 

1. Drawn by Christ’s good example, 
burning with love, we should all 
quit the passing world and things, 
and go out to greet the King. 

2. Brightly shines the Cross of Christ 
as the source of all goodness. 

There, to that great radiant light 
we should all go and seek help. 

[Prayer, Evening Psalms, etc. pp.4...] 


D-Batar ( Brikiton...Kartavil Juan ...) 

Do not lay up treasures buried in the ground (Mt 6,19) 

The world’s attractions 
tempt our human hearts 
and they are held fast. 

This world cannot give at all 
lasting joy and peace to us. 

He who always stands prepared 
for departure from this world 
will enjoy - Bliss in heaven above. 

Love not the world (1 Jn 2,15) 

Moses thirsted for 
a free Israel 
in Egypt’s sojourn. 

So he gave up luxuries 
of the palace of the king. 

All those who this world renounce 


Elijah-Sliba& Moses 


155 


for the sake of God’s Kingdom 
will enjoy - Bliss in heaven above. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. 

1. Lord, give us Your peace 
that we may enter 

into Paradise. 

When we see Your Son Jesus 
in His glory and splendour, 
we will forget all the rest, 
singing praises with the just 
and enjoy - Bliss in heaven above. 

2. Your sign, O my Lord, 
which apportions life 
we wear all our days. 

What You gave us for combat 

is not sword, shield and the like, 
but Your Cross of salvation. 

In the struggle of this our life, 
by that sign - we will win the war. 

[Prayer, Trisagion, Evangalion, Karozuta, Prayers, etc. pp.7...] 


D-Basaliqe (B-Endan Sapra...Karunanidhiyam...) 

They leave their wealth to others (Ps 49,10) 

We will renounce all our wealth 
which we hoarded for our sake; 
others may consume them all. 

Evils that we did by greed 
will stand on the judgement day 
and against us plead our guilt. 


156 


Ramsa 


Their thought is on earthly things (Phil 3,19) 

Man who is formed from the earth 
loves to cling to that same earth, 
though it shall all pass away. 

When his life is rooted firm 
in the earth he will produce 
earthly fruits that cannot last. 

Glory be to the Fathes and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. 

1. As by faith we are confirmed 
in our union with the Lord, 
we are one in love with Him. 

May our love like healthy roots 
be fixed on the Lord of all; 
may His grace be with us all. 

2. Those who walk the paths of death 
see the message of the Cross 

as an empty foolishness; 
but we who seek salvation 
shall indeed find that true Cross 
as the source of strength divine. 

/ Prayer, p.12...] 

Surraya (Ps. 39,5-8) 

[any Psalm or part thereof may also be selected] 

D. Behold, You have given a limit for my days;/ 
and my age is as nothing before You;/ truly all 
men stand as a mere breath before You./ 
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. 


Elijah-Sliba& Moses 


157 


(in alternating choirs ) Behold, You have given a limit 
for my days;/ and my age is as nothing before 
You;/truly all men stand as a mere breath before 
You. 

Because every man walks as a phantom,/ he 
disappears like a breath;/ he buries treasures/ 
and knows not who shall gather them. 

Henceforth, what is my hope/ except in You, O 
Lord? 

Deliver me from all my transgressions;/ me not 
suffer the reproach of the unjust. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the 
Holy Spirit./ From all eternity and forever, 
Amen. 

D. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. 

[Prayers, Huttamma,...pp. 15...] 


NIGHT LITURGY 

(LELJA) 

[777/ Mcirmita, pp. 17...] 



I 

II 

III 

IV 

V 

VI 

VII 

Sun 

*22 

*29 

*36 

*5 

*12 

*19 

*26 

Mon 

*23 

*30 

*37 

*6 

*13 

*20 

*27 

Tue 

*24 

*31 

*38 

*7 

*14 

*21 

*28 

Wed 

*25 

*32 

*1 

*8 

*15 

*22 

*29 

Thu 

*26 

*33 

*2 

*9 

*16 

*23 

*30 

Fri 

*27 

*34 

*3 

*10 

*17 

*24 

*31 

Sat 

*28 

*35 

*4 

*11 

*18 

*25 

*32 


[The community executes the Mcirmita in two choirs. The deacon begins 
the Marmita, reciting the first versicle with three Alleluias. The first 
choir repeats it and then continues alternating the versifies. At the end 
“Glory be...” is added. Then the deacon concludes it with three 
Alleluias.] 

[Prayer, p.18...] 

D-Lelija (Ksava Ramba...Ezhuthi Narakula...) 

Hear this, all inhabitants of the world (Ps 49,1) 

When he sees the light of day, 
new-born baby weeps aloud, 
wonderful is this indeed. 

In the darkness of the womb, 
in that narrow little house, 
he felt safe, though stay was short, 
and is unhappy to leave. 

When by death he gets new life 
into bliss of world above, 


Elijah-Sliba& Moses 


159 


man goes on to weep again, 
unwilling to leave the earth. 

Let not your heart rejoice over riches (Ps 62,10) 

Wealth and pomp do crumble down 
both alike, to dust indeed, 
ambitions all fall apart. 

Those who put their trust in them 
shall, for certain, know at last 
that they are vain and are loss; 
like a dream they disappeared. 

“Though this whole world you may gain, 
if you then should lose your soul, 
no use is there”, Lord You said: 

Kindly protect me always. 

Your heart will rejoice (Jn 16,22) 

Beauty, peace and bliss that last, 
great indeed Your paradise; 
and my heart it thirsts in truth. 

Peace of it no bound does know; 
splendour of it passes not; 
nor worry is known therein; 
and is filled with bliss alone. 

By one’s own merit no one 
can that Kingdom gain at all. 

No way is there but You, Lord, 
that leads into this garden. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

1. Lord, I am a sinful man; 

no claim have I earned to reach 
to Your holy Paradise. 


Lelja 


Though corrupted am I Lord, 
in Your garden grant to me 
place to stay, in Your kindness, 
as You are full of mercy. 

Like the pups that eat from their 
master’s table, crumbs that fall, 

I will also taste indeed 
fruits of Your own Paradise. 

2. Through the Cross of Christ, our Lord, 

God grants us the help we need, 
if we seek them while on earth. 

As the Cross earned victory, 

Satan courts defeats around 
and errors powerless grow; 
death is trembling in fear, 
mortal man immortal grows, 
life eternal he attains; 
heaven and earth proclaim aloud, 
glories of the Cross of Christ. 

[Continued on p,18...J 

Sllbbaha (1 Jn 2,15-17.24-25) 

[any Psalm or part thereof may also he selected] 

D. Love not the world,/ nor the things that are in 
the world./ If anyone loves the world,/ the love 
of the Father is not in him./Alleluia, Alleluia, 
Alleluia. 

(in alternating choirs ) Love not the world,/ nor the 
things that are in the world./ If anyone loves 
the world,/ the love of the Father is not in him. 


Elijah-Sliba & Moses 


161 


For all that is in the world/ is the lust of the 
body,/ the covetousness of the eyes,/ and the 
pride of material things;/ these things do not 
come from the Father/ but from the world. 

And the world passes away,/ and all its 
enticements;/ but whoever does the will of God 
abides forever. 

As for you, let that, therefore, remain in you/ 
which you have heard from the very beginning. 

For if that which you have heard from the 
beginning/ shall remain in you,/ you also shall 
remain in the Father and in the Son. 

And this is the promise/ that he has made to us, 
even eternal life. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the 
Holy Spirit./ From all eternity and forever, 
Amen. 

D. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. 

Tesbohta (Breek Hannana...Alleluia...) 

Let us praise the Lord whose great love 
showed to us all His great glory. 

Let us praise Him who shaped our soul 
made in His own august image. 

Let us praise Him who gave to man 
gifts and graces most auspicious. 

Let us praise Him who made of us 
harps that always sing His praises. 


162 


Lelja 


Let us praise the Lord before we 
fall in sleep of death approaching. 

Let us praise the Father and Son 
and Holy Spirit, one true God. 

Karozuta 

D. Let us all stand with joy and devotion, praying 
repeatedly, ‘'Lord, have mercy on us”. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. Let us be firm in our conviction that our life is 
not for amassing wealth. That You help us to 
seek first the kingdom of heaven, we pray You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. Lord, You have taught us that even if we 
conquer the whole world, there is no use if the 
soul is lost. That You increase in us zeal for 
the salvation of our souls, we pray You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. The wealth of this world is just like the short¬ 
lived sheaf of grass. That You help us to put 
not our trust in wealth, we pray You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. There is nothing that we have not received from 
You. That You do not allow us to forget the 
Giver of all gifts and place our hearts in the 
transient things of this world, we pray You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 


Elijah-Sliba & Moses 


163 


D. That You save us from greed for wealth which 
is the root cause of all evil, we pray You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. For our Holy Father Mar...., successor of Peter 
and head of all the Churches of God, for our 
Major Archbishop Mar...., for our Archbishop 
Mar...., for our Bishop Mar...., for all the 
Bishops and for all their fellow-ministers, we 
pray You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. Lord, who are rich in Your blessings and an 
ocean of mercy, we pray You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. Our God and our Saviour, give peace to the 
Church You have redeemed by Your precious 
blood and make us stand at Your right along 
with the just at Your glorious coming. 

R. Amen. 


[Concluding Prayer, p.21...J 


MORNING LITURGY 

(SAPRA) 

Onita d-Sapra 


Sunday ( E-Ramremak...Paradesikkusamam...) 

I go to prepare a place for you (Jn 14,2) 

Lord, You came as an exile 
and in mercy dwelt on earth; 

You prepared a place for us 
in heaven, in Your true home. 

Make haste to help me, O Lord (Ps 70,1) 

Lord, You know my mind is weak; 
strengthen me to walk Your way; 
and in my unhappy soul 
shed Your peace and happiness. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

1. Christ who fulfills promises 
is the fountain of mercy. 

Let all people sing His praise 
and His glory for ever. 

2. Hail, O Cross, O source of life, 

Life You are to the faithful; 

You are fortress unto us, 

our shelter, both night and day. 


[Continued on p.28...] 


Elijah-Sliba& Moses 


165 


Monday ( Thuyai...) 

My mouth shall speak of wisdom (Ps 49,2) 

Death is like a happy dream 
and the dead like those asleep; 
resur-rection from the dead 
is like radiant, golden dawn. 

Be alert, therefore (Mt 24,42) 

As in morning we rise up, 

fresh and strengthened from our sleep, 

all will rise up at the end. 

Happy those who know this truth. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

1. There in mansions that will last 
shall the just for ever live; 

in the bridal chamber, filled with joy, 
they will sing the Father’s praise. 

2. From the Cross of Calvary 
life flows forth upon the earth, 
gift of the resur-rection 

for all children of Adam. 

[Continued on p.47...] 


Tuesday (Thuyai...) 

In You, O Lord, do I put my trust (Ps 31,1) 

Grant, Creator of both worlds, 
resur-rection to the dead; 
be a shelter, Lord of all, 
for those who are living now. 


166 


Sapra 


Remember me, my Lord (Lk 23,42) 

Lord, the gift You gave the thief 
on the mount of Calvary, 
in Your mercy, grant to all 
who die confessing Your name. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to tke Holy Spirit: 

1. Though the fruit of Paradise 
opened paths of death to man, 

Christ has come and opened wide 
the new path to lasting life. 

2. The Lord humbled Himself to 
death upon the Cross of wood, 
acting in obedience; 

God the Father raised Him up. 

I Continued on p.47...] 


Thursday ( Thuyai ...) 

He who has ear to hear, let him hear (Mt 13,9) 

No one is at all able 
to give just one water drop 
to the one that burns in hell 
that his thirsting tongue be cooled. 

He will not answer them (Ps 18,41) 

There in hell no prayer enters, 
tears can yield no fruit at all; 
the Lord will not hear them speak, 
nor will He look upon them. 

Glory he to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

1. May God give us His graces 
that we keep without blemish 


Elijah-Sliba& Moses 


167 


our soul, spirit and body 
till the Lord will come again. 

2. Lord, by Your Cross You have made 
peace for the whole human race, 
with Your Father in heaven: 
we adore You in true faith. 

[Continued on p.47...J 


Friday (Thuycii...) 

The Father of mercies and the God of all comfort (2 Cor 1,3) 

Lord, though You are fully just 
You are also merciful. 

You love all those who repent 
and show mercy with concern. 

Repent, everyone of you (Acts 2,38) 

Lord, You always show mercy 
to each man until his death; 
but on the day of judgement 
justice has to be fulfilled. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

1. When we sin, we are punished, 
but Your heart is filled with love; 
in Your mercy, grant us grace, 

O rich treasury of love. 

2. Aaron’s staff cast on the earth 
brought the pow’r of Egypt down; 

Lord, Your Cross has slain the snake, 
evil Satan’s pow’r on earth. 

[Continued on p.47...J 


168 


Sapra 


Saturday c Thuyai ...) 

The Lord will not cast off His people (Ps 94,14) 

If you do good deeds all days, 
the Lord will give you surely 
a lasting inheritance 
in the Kingdom of heaven. 

We live in hope (Rom 8,24) 

When the Lord shall come to judge 
in great splendour with angels, 
those who died in Him shall gain 
life that never shall perish. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

1. Let us bless the great Father, 

Who dwells in the wondrous Light, 
Whom our earthly eyes can’t see, 
the Immortal, Eternal. 

2. Lord, when You on Calvary, 
died upon the Cross for us, 

Your pow-er then shook the earth, 
all the world, and stars as well. 

[Continued on p.47...] 


WEEKS OF THE 
DEDICATION OF THE CHURCH 

EVENING LITURGY 
(RAMSA) 

[Till Pscilm, p.l...] 



i 

II 

III 

IV 

Sun 

2 

54 

46 

65 

Mon 

23 

8 

16 

26 

Tue 

4 

6 

30 

32 

Wed 

3 

12 

19 

39 

Thu 

5 

13 

21 

1 

Fri 

28 

62 

24 

47 

Sat 

29 

14 

43 

48 


[The community executes the Psalm in two choirs. The deacon 
begins the Psalm, reciting the first versicle with three 
Alleluias.The first choir repeats it and then continues 
alternating the versicles. At the end “Glory be... ” is added. 
Then the deacon concludes it with three Alleluias.} 

[Prayer, incensing, etc. p.2....J 


Da-Qdam (Brikiton...Kartavil Jnan...) 

Hear my prayer, O God (Ps 54,2) 

Lord, Almighty One, 

I knock at the door 
of Your earthly home. 

Keeping the word that You gave: 

“My Name shall be ever there”, 
keep this house of holiness; 


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hear Your servants’ petitions; 
have mercy - on us, Your people. 

Lord, I have loved the service of Your house (Ps 26,8) 
Repenting of sins 
and shedding true tears, 
broken hearts approach 
with their prayers for admittance 
at the door of holy Church. 

Give them place and protection, 
embraced with a Father’s love; 
have mercy - on us, Your people. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

Jesus, Lord and God, 
said in most clear terms 
to His followers: 

“If you ask things in My Name 
My Father will grant them all”. 

Confiding in these Your words, 
we also knock at Your door; 
have mercy - on us. Your people. 

[Prayer,Evening Psalms, etc. pp.4...] 


D-Batar ( B-Endan Sapra. .. Karunanidhiyam...) 

One thing have I asked of the Lord (Ps 27,4) 

In past times, the Lord of all, 
dwelt with Fathers, helping them; 
and He does that with us too. 

May His hand of protection 
help us grow in faith and love 
as we keep His commandments. 


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You are my people (Hos 2,23) 

God our Lord, in compassion, 
made us His own chosen ones, 
showing His wondrous glory. 

We were freed from darkness and 
brought into His saving light. 

We bless His mercy always. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

God Almighty, Lord”of Hosts, 
angels sing in Your presence: 

“Holy, holy, holy Lord”! 

I who am so stained with sin, 
living on the sinful earth, 
thirst to be with them always. 

[Prayer, Trisagion, Evangalion, Karozuta, Prayers, etc. pp.7...J 


D-Basaliqe {Mariam Bsulta... Pularipprabhayil...) 

O God, give ear to the words of my mouth (Ps 54,2) 

Lord our God, in Your mercy, 

In this world’s tribulation, 

lift up the Church You have won 

by Your precious blood and death. 

Sow Your peace in her always 
lead her safely all her days. 

Sanctify Your priests who serve 
daily in Your holy Church. 

I waited patiently for the Lord (Ps 40,1) 

Good shepherd of the true flock, 
lead and guide Your holy Church 
in the shade of Your mercy, 


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and in Your great love for her. 

Guide her safely in her ways 
as she comes to Your presence, 
proclaiming that You alone 
are her sure hope and her love. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 
Heav'n and earth and all therein 
are filled with Your glory, Lord; 
angels and all heav’nly ones 
worship, praise and adore You. 

Holy Church and all creatures 
stand in worship before You; 
we, Your humble servants, Lord, 
enter Your house and give praise. 

[Prayer, pp.!2...J 
Surraya (Ps 27,4-6) 

[any Psalm or part thereof may also be selected] 

D. One thing have 1 asked of the Lord,/ one thing 
that I will seek;/ that I may dwell in the house 
of the Lord/ all the days of my life,/ that I may 
behold the delight of the Lord,/ and that 1 may 
look after His temple./ Alleluia, Alleluia, 
Alleluia. 

(in alternating choirs ) One thing have I asked of the 
Lord,/ one thing that I will seek;/ that I may 
dwell in the house of the Lord/ all the days of 
my life,/ that I may behold the delight of the 
Lord,/ and that I may look after His temple. 


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For in the day of trouble/ Fie shall hide me in 
His shelter;/ He shall hide me in the shadow of 
His tabernacle; / He shall set me high upon a 
rock. 

And now my head shall be held high / above my 
enemies round about me;/ therefore I will offer 
sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle;/ I will sing, 
yes, I wkll sing praises to the Lord. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the 
Holy Spirit./ From all eternity and forever. 
Amen 

D. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. 

[Prayers, Huttamma, pp.15...] 


NIGHT LITURGY 
LELJA) 

[Till Marmita, pp.17...] 



I 

II 

III 

IV 

Sun 

*33 

*2 

*9 

*16 

Mon 

*34 

*3 

*10 

*17 

Tue 

*35 

*4 

*11 

*18 

Wed 

*36 

*5 

*12 

*19 

Thu 

*37 

*6 

*13 

*20 

Fri 

*38 

*7 

*14 

*21 

Sat 

*1 

*8 

*15 

*22 


[The community executes the Marmita in two choirs. The deacon begins 
the Marmita, reciting the first versicle with three Alleluias. The first 
choir repeats it and then continues alternating the versicles. At the end 
“Glory be...” is added. Then the deacon concludes it with three 
Alleluias.] 

[Prayer, p.18...] 


D-Lelj 3 ( Eskarkun .. .Marthyakulathinu/..) 
I will make you a house (2 Sam 7,11) 

In the model of the glory, 
of His house of 
peace and beauty eternal, 

God, the Father, gave humankind, 
the Church that soothes 
and lifts it up to heaven. 

House in which the - Triune God is, 
always filled with all blessings. 

Angels praise and bless the Church 


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in sweet songs and melodies. 

Men see her as loving mother 
and seek shelter in her love. 

This holy house overflows 
with the message of the Cross, 
and is great indeed. 

Who can utter the mighty acts of the Lord ? (Ps 106,2) 

Adam ate once in the garden, 
fruit from that tree 
of knowledge of good and bad. 

But from a tree that shared sin, 
comes the blest Cross, 
the way of salvation. 

When that way came - into Sion, 
and became the road to life, 
the Church showed her sons that way 
and calls them to walk on it. 

In that lofty path which leads 
into heights of bliss in light, 
if we rightly travel it, 
surely, Father, we shall come 
happy to Your side. 

I will be protected in the shadow of Your wings (Ps 61,4) 

Church, my mother, spotless virgin, 

You are blissful 

and indeed most beautiful. 

Quarters of earth - all the people - 

for sins’ pardon 

take refuge in you for help. 

Christ has cleansed you in His own blood 
and made you holy and pure. 


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He has raised you on this earth 
as the source of help for us. 

And He gives us His body 
daily for our food and growth. 

He now calls us for His great 
banquet which is eternal; 
let us sing His praise. 

Glory he to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

All the Churches, bearing Your name, 

reconcile, Lord, 

and unite them in Your mercy. 

Bring an end to dissensions and 

empty disputes 

and shelter us one and all. 

Give Your peace which is lasting 
and fill us with love for You. 

O Lord, shepherd of Your flock, 
gather us all in Your fold. 

Make us grow in holiness 
and keep us in Your safe grasp. 

With one voice may we sing 
daily Your praise as is due: 

“Thank You, Lord of all”. 

[Continued on pp.18...] 


Subbaha (l Chr 16,8-14) 

[any Psalm or part thereof may also be selected] 

D. Give thanks to the Lord,/ call upon His name,/ 
make known His deeds among the peoples./ 
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. 


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(in alternating choirs) Give thanks to the Lord,/ call 
upon His name,/ make known His deeds among 
the peoples. 

Sing to Him, give thanks to Him,/ tell of all His 
wondrous works. 

Glory in His holy name;/ let the heart of those who 
seek the Lord rejoice. 

Seek the Lord and His strength,/ pray before Him 
continually. 

Remember the marvellous works that He has done,/ 
His wonders and the judgments of His mouth. 

O you descendents of Abraham, His servant,/ 
children of Jacob, His chosen ones. 

He is the Lord our God;/ His laws prevail 
throughout all the earth. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the 
Holy Spirit./ From all eternity and forever. 
Amen 

D. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. 

Tesbohta (Breek Hannana...Alleluia...) 

Only Yahweh is God for us 

no one else is like Him at all. 

Let this truth be sung by all men 
with one voice throughout the world. 

May the pray-ers of Your people 

resound always in Your presence. 


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May Your justice rule all nations 
that Your people may sing Your praise. 
Make us centred on Your laws that 
we may always keep them all day. 

May all people know and worship 
the Son whom the Father has sent. 

May they come to know that He is 
the Way, Truth and Life in this world. 
Glory and praise be to Father 
and the Son and Holy Spirit. 

[Epistle of the Day] 


Karozuta 

D. Let us all stand with joy and devotion, praying 
repeatedly, ‘'Lord, we thank You”. 

R. Lord, we thank You. 

D. Lord, You have shed Your blood to gather 
together the scattered children of God. 

R. Lord, we thank You. 

D. Lord, You have multiplied daily the number of 
those to be saved and thus have given growth to 
the Church at its beginning. 

R. Lord, we thank You. 

D. Lord, You have chosen us as the people of God 
in the New Testament and have given us a share 
in the inheritance of the Saints. 

R. Lord, we thank You. 

D. Lord, You have built us on the foundation laid 
by saints and prophets; You have made us 


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dwellers in the city of the saints and admitted 
us as members of God’s houshold. 

R. Lord, we thank You. 

D. Lord, You have promised to be present 
whenever two or three are gathered in Your 
Name. 

R. Lord, we thank You. 

D. Lord, by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, You 
have blessed the Church redeemed by Your 
precious blood. 

R. Lord, we thank You. 

D. For our Holy Father Mar...., successor of Peter 
and head of all the Churches of God, for our 
Major Archbishop Mar...., for our Archbishop 
Mar...., for our Bishop Mar...., for all the 
Bishops and for all their fellow-ministers, we 
pray You. 

R. Lord, haVe mercy on us. 

D. Lord, who are rich in Your blessings and an 
ocean of mercy, we pray You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. Our God and our Saviour, give peace to the 
Church You have redeemed by Your precious 
blood, and make us stand at Your right hand 
with the just at Your glorious coming. 

R. Amen. 


[Concluding Prayer, p.21...] 


MORNING LITURGY 

(SAPRA) 

Onita d-Sapra 

Sunday (Brikiton...Kartavil Jnan...) 

Hear my prayers, O Lord (Ps 102,1) 

O Lord, Jesus Christ, 
we all come to You 
in this holy house. 

Rays of Your divine solace 
shed on us. Your own children. 

Pour Your lasting peace on this 
blest Church which is in this world; 
have mercy - on Your sons always. 

My voice shall You hear in the morning, O Lord (Ps 5,3) 

May Your Church which is 
filled with Your love, Lord, 
have Your lasting peace. 

Protect her and lift her up 
and drive Satan from her ways. 

Pray-ers which we offer You 
day and night in Your presence, 

Accept, Lord, - and bless us always. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 
When our Lord will come 
in His great glory, 
the Church will shine bright. 

She will be crowned with glory 
and sing praises with great joy. 

Men who then are on the earth 
and all angels in heaven 
gratefully - praise the Triune God. 

[Continued on pp.28...] 


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Monday ( Thuyai ...) 

You are fellow-citizens with the saints (Eph 2,19) 

From the gentile nations, God 
has acquired a new people. 

Sanctified by the Spirit; 
it gives glory to His Name. 

A kingdom of priests and an holy people (Ex 19,6) 

By the grace that God gave us 
we became God’s own people, 
and received the true priesthood, 
became a holy people. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

Church of God, whom angels praise, 
you, indeed, are our mother. 

As Apostles spread good news, 
you were born upon this earth. 

[Contioued on pp.47...] 


Tuesday (Thuyai...) 

With You is the fountain of life (Ps 36,9) 

Blest are you, O small Sychar: 
at the side of your famed well, 
Christ the Lord built up His Church, 
fount of the living water. 

You gave them water for their thirst (Neh 9,20) 

Jacob dug there a good well 
to give water to his flock; 
the Church gives living water 
always for all her children. 


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Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

O Lord, the fount of mercy, 
in Your presence we all seek 
the water of helping grace: 
have mercy on us, O Lord ! 

[Continued on pp.47...] 


Thursday ( Thuyai ...) 

How good and how pleasant ! (Ps 132,1) 

Like the love that spouses show 
with all its sublime beauty, 
the Lord, for His Church, His bride, 
shows divine and perfect love. 

The Most High gave His voice (Ps 18,13) 

Holy Church, O our Mother, 
words of Jesus, your Bridegroom, 
gentle, sweet and effective, 
echo forth from within you. 

Glory he to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit:2 

Sing your praises to the Lord; 
sing with harp and instruments 
songs which from the heart arise, 
grateful, sweet, melodious. 

[Continued on pp.47...] 


Friday ( Thuyai...) 

1 am exalted among the nations and on the earth (Ps 46,10) 

Praise the Lord who raised in love 
His mansion, the Church on earth, 
sign of His kingdom above, 
to shine forth the light of heav'n. 


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In heaven and on earth (Ps 134,6) 

Praise your Lord, O Church, His bride: 

His pow-er resides in you 
on the earth and in heaven 
through the priesthood He endowed. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

O our Mother, holy Church, 
sing your praises to the Lord, 
for with love He has revealed 
all His secrets unto you. 


[Continued on pp.47...] 


Saturday ( Thuyai ...) 

O Lord, increase our faith (Lk 17,5) 

We who are the sons of light 
should hold fast the shield of faith 
and put on the helmet: hope, 
stay awake and shine in love. 

We live to our Lord (Rom 14,8) 

God has made us, one and all, 
that we may live with the Lord 
Who died for the human race 
that we may gain lasting life. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

May peace always from the Lord 
be with us all every day, 
with the Father’s gracious love 
and the Spirit’s fellowship. 

[Continued on pp.47...] 


ALL WEDNESDAYS 

AND FEASTS OF OUR LADY 

EVENING LITURGY 

(RAMSA) 

[Till Psalm, p.l...] 



I 

II 

III 

IV 

V 

VI 

VII 

Annunciation 

45 

41 

3 

12 

19 

39 

-- 

Epiphany 

3 

12 

19 

39 

63 

45 

60 

Great Fast 

19 

39 

63 

45 

1 

3 

12 

Resurrection 

3 

12 

19 

39 

63 

45 

60 

Apostles 

19 

39 

63 

45 

1 

3 

12 

Summer 

3 

12 

19 

39 

63 

45 

60 

Elijah-Cross+Moses 

19 

39 

63 

45 

1 

3 

12 

Dedication... 

3 

12 

19 

39 





[The community executes the Psalm in two choirs. Tke deacon begins the 
Psalm, reciting the first versicle with three Alleluias. The first choir 
repeats it and then continues alternating the versicles. At the end 
“Glory be..." is added. Then the deacon concludes it with three 
Alleluias.] 

[Prayer, incensing, etc. p.2...] 


Da-Qdam ( B-Endan Sapra...Karunanidhiyam ...) 

A fountain shall come forth from the house of the Lord (Joel 3,18) 

The Lord God in His mercy 
has placed Mary in the Church 
for dispensing His graces. 

Let us, therefore, honour her 



Wednesdays&FeastsofOurlady 


and raise our hearts in respect 
to Him, the Lord Almighty. 

He hears the prayer of the righteous (Prov 15,29) 

Virgin Mary, Christ’s Mother, 
keep the Church and her children, 
always through your holy prayers. 

Let them be saved from deceits, 
and on the day of judgement, 
may they find His rich mercy. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

Mary, house of the Spirit, 
you are filled with all graces; 
pray your Son that He fulfill 
the promises that He made 
to His Church through Saint Peter, 
that He protect her always. 

[Prayer, Evening Psalms, etc. pp.4...J 


D-Batar (Lciika Essal... Evideyolikyum ...) 

All generations shall bless me (Lk 1,48) 

Memory of holy Mary, 
is kept in the Church for ever; 
may her prayers ward away all 
dissensions from Church and faithful; 
let us pray to her Son so that 
He may have mercy on us all. 

Pray for your servants before the Lord (1 Sam 12,19) 

Pray for us who seek you, mother, 
until your Son has answered us. 

He will receive all your prayers 


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and will grant His graces to us. 

The Church with joy honours Mary, 
and sings loud her praises always. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; 
Like a flower, filled with honey, 

Mary glitters with God the Son. 

As the Lord’s presence in the cloud 
dwelt always among Israel, 
she is shining type of the Church 
where Jesus dwells with all His might. 

[Prayer, Trisagion, Evangaoion. Karozuta, Prayers, etc. pp.7.. 


D-Basaliqe (Ktaba Ramba...Ezhuthi Narakula...) 

I will pray for you to the Lord (1 Sam 7,5) 

Mary, God the Son was born 
in your holy and chaste womb 
for redemption of mankind. 

Pray for us always to your 
Son, Jesus, both God and man, 
that dangers may harm us not 
and that peace may reign on earth. 

When the day of judgement comes, 
help us, Mother, that we may 
dwell with you in Paradise, 
which is filled with happiness. 

Pray for us before the Lord our God (Jer 42,20) 

Mother, ever-virgin one, 

God the Son is your true Son, 
and we are all your children. 

Ask the Lord that He may have 
mercy on us poor sinners, 


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and grant us all remission, 

O great hope of humankind. 

Under the wings of your love 
we take refuge every day. 

Mother, rich in God’s graces, 
kindly grant us all shelter. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

The Lord in His great mercy 
was born man to save mankind 
in the womb of a virgin. 

As she gave dwelling to the 
Lord who governs all the world, 
all know that she is indeed 
the true temple of the Lord. 

As God took human nature 
and made us all sons of God, 
let us praise the Triune God 
who raised us to this glory. 

[Prayer, pp.J2...J 

Surraya (Ps. 9, 11-14) 

[any Psalm or part thereof may also be selected] 

D. Sing praises to the Lord,/ who dwells in Zion;/ 
declare His mighty deeds among the people;/ 
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. 

(in alternating choirs) Sing praises to the Lord,/ who 
dwells in Zion;/ declare His mighty deeds 
among the people. 

For He has remembered to avenge their blood;/ 
He forgets not the cry of the poor. 


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Ramsa 


Have mercy on me, O Lord/ and see my 
troubles/ which I suffer because of those who 
hate me,/ O You who deliver me from the gates 
of death. 

That I may declare all Your praises/ at the gates 
of the daughter of Zion;/ I will rejoice in Your 
salvation. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the 
Holy Spirit./ From all eternity and forever. 
Amen. 

D. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. 

[Prayers, Huttamma, pp.15...] 


NIGHT LITURGY 

(LELJA) 

[Till Mcirmita, pp. 17...] 



I 

II 

mi 

V 

V 

VI 

VII 

Annunciation 

* 4 

*11 

*18 

*25 

*32 

*1 

— 

Epiphany 

*8 

*15 

*22 

*29 

*36 

*5 

*12 

Great Fast 

*19 

*26 

*33 

*2 

*9 

*16 

*23 

Resurrection 

*30 

*37 

*6 

*13 

*20 

*27 

*34 

Apostles 

*3 

*10 

*17 

*24 

*31 

*38 

*7 

Summer 

*14 

*21 

*28 

*35 

*4 

*11 

*18 

Elijah-Cross+Moses 

*25 

*32 

*1 

*8 

*15 

*22 

*29 

Dedication... 

*36 

*5 

*12 

*19 





[The community executes the Marmita in two choirs. The deacon begins 
the Marmita , reciting the first versicle with three Alleluias. The first 
choir repeats it and then continues alternating the versifies. At the end 
“Glory be...” is added. Then the deacon concludes it with three 

Alleluias.] 

[Prayer, p.18...] 

D-Lelj a (Eskarkun...Marthyakulathinu...) 

I will bless the Lord at all times (Ps 34,1) 

Lord, Your power You poured on the 
Virgin Mary 

who became Your own Mother. 

You have raised her in holiness 

and clothed her with 

all virtues while still in this world. 

May that power lead us daily 
in Your true and narrow path. 



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By her prayers grant us grace 
that we may taste Your mercy. 

When we ponder on Mary, 
we truly see in our heart 
Your Image who for us raised 
her and gave her as mother. 

Indeed we praise You. 

You are the great pride of our nation (Judit 15,9) 

Mary gave milk, and brought up the 

Lord, the Most High, 

so that mankind may be blessed. 

You are the mansion, rich in beauty, 
in which Christ has 
come to dwell with joy on earth. 
Ancient fathers while in this world, 
found in you their great shelter. 

Holy words of Isaiah 
were indeed fulfilled in you. 

Men of this world call your Son 
“Amman-hu-El” in faith. 

As God had once lived in you, 

He dwells in the Church as well; 
so the Virgin is for us, 
glorious image of the Church. 

O Mother, most blessed, please 
protect all your children who 
render you homage. 

God gives grace to the humble (Jam 4,6) 

The Lord rose up from the dead and 
first He appeared 


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unto Mary Magdalene. 

God, Lord of all, granted it not 
unto man but 

showed a woman His favour. 

He who was born from a woman, 
when He rose up from His tomb, 
that Scripture may be fulfilled, 
first appeared to a woman. 

She was thus more favoured, 
and He made her rejoice. 

Lord, in Your great providence, 
both these women are alike, 
types of holy Church. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

Words of good news Mary heard from 

God’s blest Angel, 

with a heart that was humble. 

The first news of the Lord’s rising 
from the angel, 

Magdalene heard with great joy. 

Mary offered as holocaust 
Her Son, and is like the Church. 
Representing all His Church, 

Mary Magdalene heard well 
the news of His Resurrection 
from the angel messenger. 

Hence the Church and Mary are 
known alike and in one name 
all over this world. 

[Continued on pp.18...] 


192 


Lelja 


Sllbbaha (Zephaniah 3,14-17) 

[any Psalm or part thereof may also be selected] 

D. Sing, O daughter of Zion;/ sound a trumpet, O 
Israel;/ be glad and rejoice/ with all your heart, O 
daughter of Jerusalem./ Alleluia, Alleluia, 
Alleluia. 

(in alternating choirs ) Sing, O daughter of Zion;/ 
sound a trumpet, O Israel;/ be glad and rejoice/ with 
all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem. 

The Lord has taken away your judgments,/ He has cast 
out your enemies;/ the King of Israel, even the Lord,/ 
is in the midst of you;/ you shall not see evil any more. 

In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear not;/ and 
to Zion, let not your hands be weak. 

The Lord your God in the midst of you/ is a mighty 
Saviour;/ He will make you to rejoice with gladness;/ 
He will renew you with His love,/ He will make you 
joyful/ with a praise as in the day of a feast. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy 
Spirit./ From all eternity and forever. Amen. 

D. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. 

Tesbohta (Breek Hannana...Alleluia...) 

City of the Most Holy One 
mansion you are to God the Son. 

As the Lord has dwelt in your womb 
doubtless you are heaven on earth. 

You have become throne for Jesus 
who rules this world in true justice. 


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All mankind has found salvation 
through your Son, we all know in truth. 

You removed the curse that Eve brought 
blest are you among all women. 

Mother who are virgin always 
you indeed are crowned with glory. 

Glory be to Father and Son 
and Spirit for ever. Amen. 

[Epistle of the day ] 

Karozuta 

D. Let us all stand with faith and devotion, and 
exclaim repeatedly, “Lord, we thank You”. 

R. Lord, we thank You. 

D. You made the most holy Virgin Mary the fiery 
chariot of Your Word, the living Paradise holding in 
her midst the Tree of Life, Christ Himself. 

R. Lord, we thank You. 

D. Lord, You have made the ever-Virgin the bridal 
chamber in which heaven and earth are united and You 
Yourself entered into communion with the human race. 

R. Lord, we thank You. 

D. Lord, the spotless Virgin heard Your Word, 
received it and gave it her own flesh, making God 
present in the world, and thus became the image of 
Your Church. 

R. Lord, we thank You. 

D. Lord, the all-holy Virgin became the living Ark of 
Your Presence, the one who contained the 
Uncontainable and was made more spacious than the 
heavens, the radiant throne of Your Divinity, through 


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which mankind comes before You face to face, thus 
prefiguring the Mystery of Your Church. 

R. Lord, we thank You. 

D. Lord, our blessed Lady, the ever-Virgin is the 
sealed gate through which passed the life-giving Light, 
the ladder reaching to heaven from earth by which 
Your Son descended to earth, the new Eve who 
annulled the ancient curse, and the living burning bush, 
unconsumed by the Fire of Your Presence. 

R. Lord, we thank You. 

D. Lord, the Dormition of the most holy Virgin gives 
us hope before the mystery of death, and her 
glorification is the foreshadowing of the destiny of 
Your Church, the New Jerusalem, Mother of us all. 

R. Lord, we thank You. 

D. For our Holy Father Mar...., successor of Peter 
and head of all the Churches of God, for our Major 
Archbishop Mar...., for our Archbishop Mar...., for 
our Bishop Mar...., for all the Bishops and for all their 
fellow-ministers, we pray You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. Lord, who are rich in Your blessings and an ocean 
of mercy, we pray You. 

R. Lord, have mercy on us. 

D. Our God and our Saviour, give peace to the 
Church You have redeemed by Your precious blood 
and make us stand at Your right together with all the 
just at Your glorious coming. 

R. Amen. 


[Concluding Prayer, p.21...] 


MORNING LITURGY 

(SAPRA) 

Onita d-Sapra 


Weeks of Annunciation(Brikiton...Kartavil Jnan...) 
All generations shall bless me (Lk 1,48) 

The first man assigned 
his own fault to Eve 
though she came from him. 

Lasting healing for this wound 
Mary achieved by herself 
as she crushed the serpent’s head, 
who misled our first parents. 

She is now - the pride of our race. 

The Mighty has done great things to me (Lk 1,49) 

Angel Gabriel 
flew down to Mary 
bearing God’s good news. 

The poor handmaiden of God 
was made God’s Mother at once. 

She is mother and servant 
of the Saviour of mankind. 

She is now - the pride of our race. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 
Mary in this world 
shone as God’s Mother 
through the blest Spirit. 

Those in this world could not well 
understand her dignity; 


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but they were all expecting 
as Saviour a Virgin’s child. 

She is now - the pride of our race. 

[Continued on pp.28 (Feasts) or 47...] 


Weeks of Epiphany c Thuyai ...) 

My soul magnifies the Lord (Lk 1,46) 

“In this world, God gave to me 
a great glory”, Mary claimed, 

“since I was chosen by Him 
to give birth to God the Son!” 

Glory to God in the highest (Lk 2,14) 

Brilliant light shone in this world 
from Mary, the blest Virgin. 

It drove back the world’s darkness 
and the Lord’s praise did resound. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

Though the fire burnt within her, 
she was not consumed at all; 
though the great One shone from her, 
she remained always humble. 

[Continued on pp.28 (Feasts) or 47...] 


Weeks of Great Fast (Sahde havaiton...Kartave Nin...) 

I will be protected in the shadow of Your wings (Ps 61,4) 

Of old the pillar of cloud 
gave shade to all God’s people. 

Now the Virgin Mary gives 
true shade in the Church of Christ. 


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You are the glory of our race (Judg 15,10) 

The prayer of the Virgin brings 
honour to the human race; 
may it bring shade and support 
for all people at all times. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

Let the sinners who lie dead 
rise and see the Sinless One, 

Who suffers the pain of death 
and thus puts all sin to death. 

[Continued on pp.28 (Feasts) or 47...] 

Weeks of Resurrection ( Thuyai ...) 

Behold your mother (Jn 19,27) 

Lord, in Mary, John saw You 
and he took her for himself. 

Mary found her Son in John, 
who is Jesus’ belov’d one. 

The holy place of the Most High (Ps 46,4) 

Manifesting that You reign 
in the hearts of spotless ones, 

John with honour respected 
the house in which You hed dwelt. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

Lord of mercy, help us see 
that You truly dwell in all, 
as they both have shown to us, 
and have mercy on us all. 

[Continued on pp.28 (Feasts) or 47... J 


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Weeks of ApOStl6S(Mv{7?fl Paroqe...Ulkollunnu...) 

The Lord, the God of Israel, will enter in by it (Ez 44,2) 

The prophet in vision saw 

the new Temple's closed east door. 

He was told thus by the Lord: 

“This door stays for ever closed; 

the Lord God of Israel 

shall pass through it in this place”. 

This door which the prophet saw 
is the image of Mary. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

It was Christ Who created 
His own Mother in this world; 
but in time He descended 
to be born from her chaste womb. 

You, the Great One, Who took flesh, 
emptied Yourself and were born, 
in a bare and lonely crib: 

We adore and worship You! 

[Continued on pp.28 (Feasts) or 47...] 


Weeks of Summer ( Timyai ...) 

He who loves me keeps my word (Jn 14,23) 

Mary in humility 
accepted the Will of God, 
and surrendered to become 
Mother of Christ, God the Son. 

Glory he to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

God has exalted Mary 
as He saved the human race; 


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they will honour her always 
as the next to Jesus Christ. 

[Continued on pp.28 (Feasts) or 47...] 


Weeks of Elijah-SIiba and Moses ( Thuyai ...) 

You have been a shelter for me (Ps 61,3) 

Mother of Jesus, the Lord, 
kindly pray for us always; 
we draw near to you with hope 
and take refuge in your help. 

I will be protected in the shadow of Your wings (Ps 61,4) 

Mary, true loving mother, 
pray for us that we may stand, 
with you in our Lord’s presence, 
on that awesome judgement day. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

O our Mother, may the prayers 
which we offer with your help 
make us confident to stand 
before God now and always. 

[Continued on pp.28 (Feasts) or 47...] 


Weeks of the Dedication of the Church (Thuyai...) 

Come, you children, listen to me (Ps 34,11) 

Till the Lord of glory comes 
to judge all for ever more, 

Mary, like a star of hope, 
shines indeed within the Church. 


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He who loves me keeps my word (Jn 14,23) 

Mary fulfilled every day 
God the Father's will with joy; 
by fulfilling God’s designs, 
the Church, too, seeks His glory. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: 

Through the pray-ers of Mary, 
may God grant the grace to all 
that mankind as one fam’ly 
sing praise to the Trinity. 

[Continued on pp.28 (Feasts) or 47...] 


THE BOOK OF PSALMS 


( Davvidaya ) 


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Psalm 1 

1. Blessed is the man / who walks not in the way of the 
wicked, / nor follows the counsel of sinners / nor sits 
in the company of the mockers. 

(Qanona) Blessed is the one, O Lord, who has borne Your 
yoke / and has meditated on Your law day and night. 

2. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, / and he 
meditates on His law, day and night. 

3. And he shall be like a tree planted by a stream of 
water, / that brings forth fruit in its season / and whose 
leaves never fall; / and he accomplishes whatever he 
begins, 

4. The wicked are not so; / they are like the chaff which 
the wind drives away. 

5. Therefore, the wicked shall not be justified at the 
judgment, / nor shall sinners find a place in the 
assembly of the just; 

6. For the Lord knows the way of the just; / but the way 
of the wicked shall perish. 

(Qanona ) Blessed is the one, O Lord, who has borne Your 
yoke / and has meditated on Your law day and night. 


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Psalm 2 

1. Why do the Gentiles rage / and the peoples imagine 
vain things? 

(Qanona) The arrogant raged like an unintelligent horse / 
and crucified the Messiah. 

2. The kings of the earth and the rulers have plotted / 
and have taken counsel together / against the Lord and 
His Anointed/ as they said: 

3. Let us break their bonds asunder; / and let us cast off 
their yoke. 

4. He that dwells in heaven shall laugh, / and the Lord 
shall mock at them. 

5. Then He shall speak to them in His anger, / and terrify 
them in His wrath and say: 

6. I have appointed My king / upon Zion, My holy 
mountain. 

7. To declare My promise: / the Lord has said to Me: / 
You are My Son; / this day have I begotten You. 

8. Ask of Me, and I shall give You the nations for Your 
inheritance / and the ends of the earth for Your 
dominion. 

9. With a rod of iron, You shall be a shepherd to them; / 
You shall break them to pieces like a potter's jar. 

10. Understand, therefore, O kings; / be instructed, O 
judges of the earth! 

11. Serve the Lord with reverence, / and submit to Him 
with trembling. 


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12. Reverence the Son, lest He grow angry / and you 
perish from His way / while His wrath is enkindled but 
a little. / Blessed are all those who put their trust in 
Him! 

(Qanona) The arrogant raged like an unintelligent horse / 
and crucified the Messiah. 



Psalm 3 

1. O Lord, how my oppressors have increased! / Many 
are they who rise up against me! 

(Qanona) As I spoke about Your truth, O our Lord, / the 
wicked rose against me. / Save me from their attack! 

2. Many there are who say to my soul: / You have no 
salvation in your God. 

3. But You, O Lord, are my help and my glory, / and 
You lift up my head. 

4. I have cried out with my voice to the Lord / and He 
has answered me from His holy mountain. 

5. I lay down and slept; / and I awoke, for the Lord 
sustained me. 

6. I will not be afraid of the thousands of people / that 
have surrounded me and set themselves against me. 

7. Arise, O Lord my God, and save me; / for You have 
struck all my enemies on their faces; / You have 
broken the teeth of the wicked! 


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8. For salvation is from the Lord! / And Your blessing is 
upon Your people! 

(Qanona) As I spoke about Your truth, O our Lord, / the 
wicked rose against me. / Save me from their attack! 


Psalm 4 

1. When I called to You, You answered me, / O my God 
and the Saviour of my righteousness./ You have 
comforted me when I was in distress. / Have mercy on 
me and hear my prayer! 

(Qanona) There is none like the Lord, in whom I have 
trusted. / He rescues me from the snares and wiles of 
the evil ones. 

2. Men, how long will you turn my glory to shame? / 
How long will you love vanity? / Do you seek 
deception forever? 

3. But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself / the 
one who is wonderful; / the Lord will hear me when I 
call to Him. 

4. Be angry, but do not sin;/ ponder within your own 
heart / and meditate upon your bed. 

5. Offer the sacrifice of justice / and put your trust in the 
Lord. 

6. There are many that say: / Who can show us a good 
man / so that he can shine upon us the light of his 
face? 

7. O Lord, You have put gladness into my heart / more 
than in that time / when their wheat, wine and oil 
increased. 


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8. I will lie down in peace and sleep; / for You alone, O 
Lord, make me dwell in safety. 

(Qanona ) There is none like the Lord, in whom I have 
trusted. / He rescues me from the snares and wiles of 
the evil ones. 

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Psalm 5 

1. Give ear to my words, O Lord, / and consider my 
meditation. 

(Qanona) You have corrected me, O Lord, / in order to 
make me wise;/ do not reject my request. 

2. Attend to the voice of my cry, my King and my God;/ 
for to You do I pray. 

3. In the morning, You shall hear my voice, O Lord; / 
and in the morning I shall prepare myself to see You. 

4. For You are not a God who takes pleasure in 
wickedness; / neither shall evil dwell with You. 

5. The proud shall not stand in Your sight; / You hate all 
those who do iniquity. 

6. You shall destroy those who speak falsehood; / the 
Lord will reject the bloodthirsty and deceitful man. 

7. But as for me, I shall come into Your house / through 
the greatness of Your mercy; / and I shall enter into 
Your house / and worship in Your holy temple. 

8. Lead me, O Lord, in Your reverence and justice;/ and 
because of my enemies, / make straight Your way 
before me. 


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9. For there is no justice in their mouths; / there is 
wickedness in them; / their throat is an open 
sepulchre; / they deceive with their tongues. 

10. Condemn them, O God; / let them fall by their own 
counsels; / cast them out for the abundance of their 
wickedness, / for they have provoked You. 

11. But let all those who put their trust in You rejoice; / 
they shall glorify You forever, / and You shall dwell 
amone them; / and all those who love Your Name 
shall be strengthened by You. 

12. For You will bless the just; / O Lord, You have 
adorned me as with a perfect shield. 

(Qcinona ) You have corrected me, O Lord, / in order to 
make me wise;/ do not reject my request. 


Psalm 6 

1. O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your anger, / nor 
chasten me in Your great displeasure. 

(Qcinona) Have mercy on me who am weak;/ O Lord, heal 
me, / for my bones are troubled. 

2. Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am weak; / O Lord, 
heal me, for my bones are troubled. 

3. My soul is also greatly afflicted. / But You, O Lord, 
how long? 

4. Return, O Lord, and deliver my soul; / save me for the 
sake of Your mercies. 

5. For in death, no one remembers You. / In Sheol, who 
will give You thanks? 


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6. I am weary because of my groaning. / Every night I 
drench my bed / and I bathe my mattress with my 
tears. 

7. My eye is weakened because of anger; / and I am 
troubled by all my enemies. 

8. Depart from me, all you who work iniquity, / for the 
Lord has heard the sound of my weeping. 

9. The Lord has heard my supplication; / the Lord has 
received my prayer. 

10. Let all my enemies be ashamed and defeated; let them 
turn back and be suddenly destroyed. 

(Qanona) Have mercy on me who am weak;/ O Lord, heal 
me, / for my bones are troubled. 


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Psalm 7 

1. O Lord my God, I put my trust in You; save me! / 
Deliver me from all those who persecute me. 

(Qanona) Blessed be God, / who corrects and consoles His 
servants! 

2. Lest my soul be torn apart as by a lion, / and there is 
no one to save me and deliver me. 

3. O Lord, my God, I have done wrong / and if there is 
iniquity in my hands, 

4. If I have been vengeful to the one who has done me 
evil, / and if I have oppressed my enemies without a 
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5. Then let the enemy pursue and overtake me; / yes, let 
him trample down my life on the earth / and lay my 
honour in the dust. 

6. Arise, O Lord, in Your anger! / Rise up above the 
neck of my enemies;/ and make me alert to the 
judgment that You have commanded. 

7. Let the assembly of the peoples gather around You; / 
and for their sake, therefore, be enthroned again on 
high. 

8. The Lord shall judge the people! / Judge me, O Lord, 
according to my justice / and according to the integrity 
that is within me. 

9. O let the evil of the wicked come to an end; / and 
strengthen the just, / O You who search the heart and 
soul. 

10. O God, who save the upright of heart, / O just God, 
help me! 

1 1. God is a just Judge; / yes, He is not angry every day. 

12. If He turn not from His anger, / He will sharpen His 
sword / and bend His bow to make it ready. 

13. He has also prepared for Himself the weapons of 
wrath; / He aimed His arrows against the persecutor. 

14. Because the wicked one has become corrupt / and has 
conceived evil and brought forth falsehood. 

15. He has dug a well and deepened it, / and has fallen 
into the pit which he himself has made. 

16. His evil shall return upon himself / and his iniquity 
upon his own head. 


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17. I will praise the Lord according to my justice; / and I 
will sing praise to the Name of the Lord Most High. 

(Qanona) Blessed be God, / who corrects and consoles His 
servants! 


Psalm S 

1. O Lord, our Lord, how great is Your Name 
throughout all the earth! / You have established Your 
glory above the heavens! 

(Qanona ) O Son, whom the children praised in Jerusalem 
with their ‘Hosanna’s’, by Your intercession, save 
those who worship You. 

2. Out of the mouths of children and infants / You have 
confirmed Your glory in the face of Your enemies, / 
that You might destroy the enemy and the avenger. 

3. For Your heavens have seen the work of Your hands, 
/ the moon and stars which You have arranged. 

4. What is man that You are mindful of him? / And the 
son of man, that You visit him? 

5. For You have made him a little lower than the angels, 
/ and have clothed him with glory and honour. 

6. You gave him dominion over the works of Your 
hands; / You have put all things under his feet. 

7. All sheep and oxen, / yes, and the beasts of the 
wilderness; 

8. The birds of the air and the fish of the sea / which 
swim through the paths of the seas. 


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9. O Lord, our Lord, / how great is Your Name 
throughout all the earth! 

(Qanona) O Son, whom the children praised in Jerusalem 
with their ‘Hosanna’s’, by Your intercession, save 
those who worship You. 

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Psalm 9 

1. I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; / I 
will speak about all Your marvelous works! 

(Qanona) We give You thanks / for in Your mercy/ You 
have turned us to Your wisdom; / let our adversaries 
be put to confusion. 

2. I will be glad and rejoice in You, / and 1 will sing 
praise to Your Name, O Most High! 

3. When my enemies are beaten back, / they shall 
stumble and perish before Your presence. 

4. For You have upheld my right and my cause; / You 
sat upon the throne, O just judge! 

5. You have restrained the nations / and You have 
destroyed the wicked; / You have blotted out their 
name for ever and ever. 

6. My enemies have been eliminated by the sword for 
ever; / and You have destroyed their villages / and 
their very memory has perished. 

7. But the Lord shall endure for ever; / He has prepared 
His throne for judgment. 


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8. And He shall judge the world with justice, / and the 
people with uprightness. 

9. The Lord will also be a refuge for the poor, / a refuge 
in times of trouble. 

10. And those who know Your Name will put their trust in 
You; / for You have not forsaken those who seek 
You, O Lord. 

11. Sing praise to the Lord, who dwells in Zion; / declare 
His mighty deeds among the people. 

12. For He has remembered to avenge their blood; / He 
forgets not the cry of the poor. 

13. Have mercy on me, O Lord, / and see my troubles, / 
which I suffer because of those who hate me, / O You 
who deliver me from the gates of death. 

14. That I may declare all Your praises / at the gates of 
the daughter of Zion; /1 will rejoice in Your salvation. 

15. The nations have sunk down into the pit that they 
have made; / and their foot is caught in the net which 
they have hidden. 

16. The Lord makes known the judgment which He has 
made; / the wicked one is snared in the works of his 
own hands. 

17. The wicked shall go down into Sheol, / and all the 
peoples who forsake God. 

18. For the poor shall not always be forgotten; / and the 
hope of the poor shall not perish for ever. 


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19. Arise, O Lord; let not man prevail! / Let the nations be 
judged in Your sight! 

20. Appoint a lawgiver for them, / that the nations may 
know that they are but men. 

(Qanona) We give You thanks / for in Your mercy, You 
have turned us to Your wisdom; / let our adversaries 
be put to confusion. 


Psalm 10 

1. Why do You stand so far off, O Lord? / Why do You 
withhold Your care in times of trouble? 

(Qanona) Since in their cunning, the wicked laid in wait for 
the just / and desecrated Your Name, / destroy, O my 
Lord, their plotting! 

2. The pride of the wicked brings suffering to the poor; / 
let them be caught in the traps which they have made. 

3. For the godless one boasts of his own desire, / and the 
Lord is angry when the wicked one is blessed. 

4. In his pride in himself, the wicked will not seek God; / 
and all his thoughts say that there is no God. 

5. His ways are always weak; / Your judgments are far 
from his mind; / he despises all of his enemies. 

6. He says in his heart: / From generation to generation, I 
shall never stumble; / for he conceives evil. 

7. His mouth is full of cursing, deceit and fraud; / under 
his tongue are mischief and deceit. 

8. He lurks in a den in hiding; / and in secret he murders 
the innocent; / his eyes watch for the helpless. 


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9. He lies in wait to trap the poor / by drawing him into 
his net. 

10. He shall be humbled and overthrown, / and in his 
bones there shall be sickness and pain. 

11. He says in his heart: God has forgotten;/ He has 
turned away His face; / He will never see it. 

12. Arise, O Lord! / O my God, lift up Your hand! / Do 
not forget the afflicted. 

13. Why does the wicked provoke God? / He says in his 
heart: / God does not seek vengeance. 

14. You have seen it; / for there is evil and wrath; / for 
You see that he has delivered himself into Your hands. 
/ The poor trusts himself to You. / You are the helper 
of the orphan. 

15. Break the arm of the wicked and evil man! / Seek out 
his wickedness until none remains. 

16. The Lord is King for ever and ever; / the Gentiles 
have perished from His land. 

17. Lord, You have heard the petition of the poor. / Your 
ear has heard the thoughts of their hearts. 

18. Do justice for the orphan and the afflicted, / so that 
man may not be destroyed / from the face of the 
earth. 

( Qanona ) Since in their cunning, the wicked laid in wait for 
the just / and desecrated Your Name, / destroy, O my 
Lord, their plotting ! 


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Psalm 11 

1. I put my trust in the Lord. / How can you say to me: / 
Flee to the mountains like a bird? 

(Qanona) The sinners have deceived me; /1 have trusted in 
You, O Lord! 

2. Behold, the wicked bend their bow; / they take aim 
with their arrow on the string / to shoot in the dark at 
the upright of heart. 

3. For if they destroy the foundations which the Lord has 
established, / what can the just do? 

4. The Lord is in His holy temple; / the Lord’s throne is 
in heaven; / His eyes behold, / His glance searches the 
children of men. 

5. The Lord examines the just and the wicked; / but from 
His heart, He hates the lover of violence. 

6. Snares come down upon the wicked like rain; / fire, 
brimstone and a destructive storm is their allotted cup. 

7. For the Lord is just, / and He loves justice; / His face 
is turned toward the upright. 

(Qanona) The sinners have deceived me; /1 have trusted in 
You, O Lord! 


Psalm 12 

1. Save, O Lord! For there are now no more upright 
men; / for faith has disappeared from the earth. 

(Qanona ) Deceit has increased and love has decreased; / do 
not turn away from us, O Messiah! 


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2. Everyone speaks falsehood to his neighbour; / they 
speak with flattering lips and with a double heart. 

3. The Lord shall destroy all flattering lips / and tongues 
that speak proud things. 

4. For they have said: / With our tongue, we shall prevail; 
/ our lips are our own; / who is lord over us? 

5. Because of the oppression of the poor / and the groans 
of the needy,/ now will I arise, says the Lord; / and I 
will bring salvation openly. 

6. The words of the Lord are pure words; / as silver tried 
in a furnace on earth, / they are purified seven times. 

7. You shall keep them, O Lord! / You shall preserve me 
/ and save me from this generation for ever. 

8. For the wicked walk everywhere with contemptible 
pride / like the children of Edom. 

(Qanonci) Deceit has increased and love has decreased; / do 
not turn away from us, O Messiah! 

*7 

Psalm 13 

1. How long, O Lord, will You forsake me? / For ever? / 
How long will You turn away Your face from me? 

(Qanona) Be reconciled with me, O Lord, and save me, / 
so that I may give thanks to You. 

2. How long shall I keep sorrow in my soul / and misery 
in my heart each day? / How long shall my enemy 
triumph over me? 


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3. Consider and hear me, O Lord my God! / Give light to 
my eyes, lest I sleep in death. 

4. Lest my enemy say: I have prevailed against him! / 
Lest those who trouble me rejoice when I am shaken. 

5. But I have trusted in Your mercy; / my heart shall 
rejoice in Your salvation. 

6. I will sing unto the Lord, / for He has saved me. 

(Qanona) Be reconciled with me, O Lord, and save me, / 
so that I may give thanks to You. 


Psalm 14 

1. The fool has said in his heart: There is no God! / They 
are corrupt, they have been defiled by their own 
deeds. / There is no one who does good. 

(Qanona) Rescue Your Church from the evil ones, O Lord 
of all creatures! 

2. The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children 
of men / to see if there were any who did understand / 
and did seek God. 

3. They have all gone astray / and have been rejected all 
together; / there is no one who does good; / no - not 
even one. 

4. They did not recognize the workers of iniquity, / those 
who eat up My people like bread; / and they did not 
call upon the Lord. 

5. There they were in great fear; / for God is with the 
just generation. 


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6. They have reproached the way of the poor, / because 
He trusts in the Lord. 

7. Who shall give salvation to Israel out of Zion? / When 
the Lord brings back the captives of His people, / 
Jacob shall rejoice and Israel shall be glad. 

(Qanona) Rescue Your Church from the evil ones, O Lord 
of all creatures! 


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Psalm 15 

1. Lord, who may enter Your Temple? / Who may 
worship on Zion, Your sacred hill? 

(Qanona) Make me stand with holy thoughts / at Your 
sacred altar, Lord. 

2. A person who obeys God in everything / and always 
does what is right / whose words are true and sincere. 

3. Who does not slander others; / he does no wrong to 
his friends, / nor spreads rumors about his neighbours. 

4. He despises those whom God rejects, / but honours 
those who obey the Lord. / He always does what he 
promises / no matter how much it may cost. 

5. He makes loans without charging interest, / and cannot 
be bribed to testify against the innocent. / Whoever 
does these things shall always be secure. 

(Qanona) Make me stand with holy thoughts / at Your 
sacred altar, Lord. 


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Psalm 16 

1. Preserve me, O God; / for in You I put my trust. 

(Qanona) Glorious is the confident hope in You, our 
Creator, / and I, who am weak, shall rejoice in You! 

2. I have said to the Lord: You are my Lord! / And all 
my goodness comes from You. 

3. I said it also to the holy ones who are on the earth, / 
and to the just, in whom is all my delight. 

4. The sorrows of the wicked / shall be multiplied 
rapidly. /1 shall not pour out their libations of blood; / 
nor shall I take their names upon my lips. 

5. The Lord is my apportioned inheritance and my cup; / 
You shall restore my inheritance. 

6. My portion of the land has fallen to me in good places; 
/ yes, I have been pleased with my inheritance. 

7. I will bless the Lord, for He has given me counsel; / 
my heart also guides me during the night. 

8. I have set the Lord always before me; / because He is 
at my right hand, /1 shall never be disturbed. 

9. Therefore, my heart is glad / and my soul rejoices in 
glory; / my body also shall rest in hope. 

10. For You did not leave my soul in Sheol; / nor have 
You allowed Your Holy One to experience corruption. 

11. You will show me the path to life, / and I shall be 
filled with joy before Your face, / with the pleasure of 
the victory of Your right hand. 

(Qanona) Glorious is the confident hope in You, our 
Creator, / and I, who am weak, shall rejoice in You! 


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Psalm 17 

1. Hear, O Holy Lord, and consider my supplication! / 
Give ear to my prayer / for it does not come from 
deceitful lips. 

(Qanona) My Lord and my God, have mercy on me; / for I 
am persecuted unjustly! 

2. Let my judgment come forth from Your presence; / let 
Your eyes behold the things that are just. 

3. You have tested my heart; / You have visited me in 
the night; / You have tried me, / and You have not 
found any iniquity in me. / Nothing has come out from 
my mouth / which is according to the deceitful ways of 
men. 

4. Through the conversation of my lips, / You have kept 
me from evil ways. 

5. You have strengthened my goings in Your paths, / so 
that my footsteps have not slipped. 

6. I have called upon You, / and You have heard me; / O 
God, incline Your ear to me / and hear my words. 

7. Make Your Holy One a wonder / and a Saviour to 
those who trust in You; / but let him triumph over 
those / who rise up against Your right hand. 

8. Keep me as the apple of Your eye; / protect me under 
the shadow of Your wings, 

9. From the sinners who plunder me, / from the enemies 
of my soul who surround me. 

10. Silence their mouths, / for they have spoken proudly. 

11. They praised me, but now they have surrounded me; / 


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they have decided to bury me in the ground. 

12. They are like lions that are eager for prey; / and like 
young lions lurking in hiding. 

13. Arise, O Lord, humble them; / cast them down; / 
deliver my soul from the wicked and from the sword., 

14. From the dead that die by Your hand, O Lord; / and 
from the dead who lie in the grave, / divide their 
possessions among the living; / fill their bellies with 
Your treasures, / so that their children are satisfied, / 
and have a portion remaining for their own children. 

15. As for me, in justice I shall behold Your face; /1 shall 
be satisfied when Your worship is restored. 

(Qanona) My Lord and my God, have mercy on me; / for I 
am persecuted unjustly! 


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Psalm 18 

1. I will love You, O Lord, / my strength and my trust! 

(Qanona) Heaven and earth and all within them, / the 
heavenly and the earthly ones, / kneel and worship 
God, their Creator. 

2. My fortress and my deliverer / is the mighty God in 
whom I trust; / He is my helper and the horn of my 
salvation / and my glorious refuge! 

3. I will call upon the Lord; / and I shall be saved from 
my enemies. 

4. For the pains of death surrounded me, / and the flood 
of wicked men has overwhelmed me. 


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5. The bonds of Sheol have taken hold of me; / the 
snares of death fell upon me. 

6. In my distress, I called upon the Lord, and cried to my 
God. / From His Temple, He heard my voice; / and 
my cry came before Him, / it reached His ears. 

7. Then the earth shook and trembled; / the foundations 
of the mountains also quaked; / they were shaken 
because He was angry. 

8. The smoke rose up from His wrath; / and fire flamed 
from His face; / and coals were kindled into flame by 
it. 

9. He bowed the heavens and came down; / and thick 
darkness was under His feet. 

10. And He rode upon the cherubim and flew; / yes, He 
soared upon the wings of the wind. 

11. He made darkness His cover; / the cloak around Him 
was the darkness of the waters / and the thick clouds 
of the skies. 

12. From the brightness of His shadow, / His clouds rained 
down hailstones and coals of fire. 

13. The Lord also thundered from the heavens, / and the 
Most High gave forth His voice:/ hailstones and coals 
of fire! 

14. Yes, He sent forth His arrows and scattered them; / 
and He multiplied His lightning bolts and confused 
them. 

15. Then the bed of the sea appeared, / and the 
foundations of the world were laid open / at Your 


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rebuke, O Lord, / at the blast of the breath of Your 
anger! 

16. He sent down from on high and comforted me; / He 
took me out of the deep waters. 

17. He delivered me from my strong enemies, / and from 
those who hated me; / for they were too strong for 
me. 

18. They attacked me on the day of my disaster; / but the 
Lord was my deliverer. 

19. He brought me forth into safety; / He delivered me 
because He was pleased with me. 

20. The Lord rewarded me according to my justice; / 
according to the cleanness of my hands, He repaid me. 

21. For I have kept the ways of the Lord, / and have not 
rebelled against my God. 

22. For all His decrees were before me; / and His laws I 
did not put away from me. 

23. And I was also blameless in His sight, / and I carefully 
kept myself from my sins. 

24. Therefore, the Lord has repaid me according to my 
justice, / according to the cleanness of my hands in His 
eyes. 

25. With the pure, You shall be pure; / with an upright 
man, You shall be upright. 

26. With the clean, You shall be clean; / and from the 
crooked. You shall turn away. 

27. For You will save the afflicted people; / but You will 
humble the proud. 


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28. For You shall light my lamp; / the Lord my God will 
give light to my darkness. 

29. For with Your help, I have pursued a band of robbers; 
and with the help of my God, I leaped over a fence. 

30. As for God, His ways are perfect; / the word of the 
Lord is pure: / He is a help to all those who trust in 
Him. 

31. For there is no God except the Lord; / and there is no 
one who is as mighty as our God. 

32. It is God who girds me with strength, / and makes my 
way secure. 

33. He makes my feet as those of deer, / and sets me 
upon high places. 

34. He trains my hands for war; / and He strengthens my 
arms like a brass bow. 

35. You have also given me the shield of Your salvation; / 
and Your right hand has held me up; / and Your 
training has made me great. 

36. You have steadied my legs under me, / so that my 
steps would not be weakened. 

37. I will pursue my enemies and overtake them; / and I 
will not turn back until they are destroyed. 

38. I will strike them so that they may not be able to 
stand; / they shall fall under my feet. 

39. For You have girded me with strength for the battle; / 
You have subdued under me those who rose up 
against me. 

40. You have also defeated my enemies before me, / that I 
might silence those who hate me. 


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41. They shall cry out, but there will be no one to save 
them; / they shall beg the Lord, but He will not answer 
them. 

42. Then 1 shall grind them as small as the dust before the 
wind; /1 shall trample upon them like the mud of the 
streets. 

43. You will deliver me from the plans of the people; / and 
You will make me the leader of the nations; / a people 
whom I have not known shall serve me. 

44. As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me; / 
strangers shall submit themselves to me. 

45. Strangers shall halt / and shall be hindered from 
walking in their paths. 

46. The Lord lives! / Blessed be the One who gives me 
strength! / Let my God and my Saviour be exalted! 

47. It is God who avenges me / and subdues the people 
under me. 

48. He delivered me from my enemies; / yes, You exalted 
me above those who rise up against me;/ You have 
delivered me from the lawless man. 

49. Therefore, I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among 
the nations, / and I will sing praises to Your Name. 

50. He gives great victory to His king, / and shows mercy 
to His anointed, / to David and to his descendants for 

evermore. 

(Qamma) Heaven and earth and all within them, / the 
heavenly and the earthly ones, / kneel and worship 
God, their Creator. 


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Psalm 19 

1. The heavens declare the glory of God, / and the 
firmament shows His handiwork! 

(Qanona) Adorable is the everlasting God, / who created 
rational beings / to understand His other works and 
praise Him! 

2. Day after days utters speech, / and night after night 
shows knowledge. 

3. Their is no speech nor language / where their voice is 
not heard. 

4. Their good news has gone out through all the earth, / 
and their words to the ends of the world. / He has set 
His tabernacle in the sun among them. 

5. And He is like a bridegroom coming out of his 
chamber, / and rejoices like a strong man to run a 
race. 

6. His coming forth is from one end of the heavens, / and 
his course is to their other end; / and there is nothing 
hidden from the mist of His breath. 

7. The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; / 
the testimony of the Lord is trustworthy, / giving 
wisdom to the young. 

8. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; / 
the commandment of the Lord is pure, / enlightening 
the eye. 

9. Reverence for the Lord is pure, enduring for ever; / 
the judgments of the Lord are true and altogether just. 


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10. They are more to be desired than gold;/ yes, more 
than precious jewels;/ and they are sweeter also than 
honey and the honeycomb. 

11. Moreover, through them. Your servant is guided; / and 
if he keeps them, he shall be greatly rewarded. 

12. Who can understand failings? / Cleanse me from 
secret faults. 

13. Spare Your servant also from sins of presumption, / 
lest the evil ones have dominion over me; / then I shall 
be cleansed from my sins. 

14. Let the words of my mouth / and the meditation of my 
heart / be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my helper 
and my Saviour! 

(Qanona ) Adorable is the everlasting God, / who created 
rational beings / to understand His other works and 
praise Him! 


Psalm 20 

1. May the Lord answer you on the day of trouble; / may 
the Name of the God of Jacob defend you. 

(Qanona) Let us place our confidence in God, / for He 
saves the humble. 

2. May He send you help from His sanctuary, / and from 
Zion may He strengthen you. 

3. May the Lord remember all your offerings, / and may 
He accept your burnt sacrifices. 

4. May the Lord grant you what is in your heart, / and 
may He fulfill all your plans. 


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5. We will be glorified in your salvation, / and in the 
Name of our God, we will be exalted; / the Lord 
fulfills all your petitions. 

6. Henceforth it is known that the Lord has saved His 
anointed one; / and has heard him from His holy 
heaven, / and has saved him by the strength of His 
right hand. 

7. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; / but we 
will be strong through the Name of the Lord our God. 

8. They are bowed down and fallen; / but we are risen 
and stand ready. 

9. O Lord, save us; / and let our King answer us / in the 
day when we call upon Him. 

(Qanona ) Let us place our confidence in God, / for He 
saves the humble. 


Psalm 21 

1. The king shall rejoice in Your strength, O Lord; / and 
in Your salvation, how greatly shall he rejoice! 

(Qanona ) The Lord removes the distress of His servants / 
and makes them rejoice through His power. 

2. You have given him his heart’s desire, / and have not 
withheld the request of his lips. 

3. For You blessed him beforehand with the blessings of 
goodness; / You have set a precious crown on his 
head. 

4. He asked life of You, and You gave it to him, / even 
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5. Great is his glory in Your salvation; You have 
bestowed honour and majesty upon him. 

6. For You have made him most blessed for ever; / You 
have gladdened him with the joy of Your presence. 

7. For the king trusts in the Lord, / and through the 
mercy of the Most High, / he shall not be moved. 

8. Your hand shall overcome all your enemies;/ your 
right hand shall overcome those who hate you. 

9. You shall make them like a fiery oven at the time of 
your wrath; / the Lord shall consume them in His 
wrath, / and fire shall devour them. 

10. You shall destroy their fruit from the earth, / and their 
ofspring from among the children of men. 

11. For they planned evil against you; / they devised a 
wicked plot, / which they are not able to carry out. 

12. For you shall inflict a scar upon them; / and you shall 
prepare your array against their faces. 

13. Be exalted, O Lord, in Your strength! / We will sing 
and praise Your power! 

(Qanona) The Lord removes the distress of His servants / 
and makes them rejoice through His power. 

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Psalm 22 

1. My God, my God, why have You let me live? / And 
yet You have delayed my salvation from me, / 
because of the words of my folly. 


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(Qanona) My God, my God, cast me not among men / who 
know You not. 

2. O my God, I call to You in daytime / but You do not 
answer me; / and at night, You do not abide with me. 

3. For You are the Holy One, / and Israel dwells under 
Your glory. 

4. Our fathers trusted in You; / they trusted, and You 
delivered them. 

5. They cried out to You and were delivered; / they 
trusted in You, and they were not confounded. 

6. But I am a worm, and not a man; / a reproach among 
men, and despised among people. 

7. All those who saw me have laughed me to scorn; / 
they mock with their lips; / they shake their heads and 
say: 

8. He trusted in the Lord; / let the Lord deliver him; / let 
Him save him, if He is pleased with him. 

9. For You are trust since I came out of the womb, / and 
my hope since I was at my mother’s breasts. 

10. I was put under Your care from birth; / from my 
mother’s womb, You are my God. 

11. Be not far from me, for trouble is near; / for there is 
no one to help me. 

12. Many bulls have surrounded me: / strong bulls of 
Bashan encircle me. 

13. Their mouths snarl against me / like a hungry and 
roaring lion. 


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14. I am poured out like water / and all my bones are out 
of joint; / my heart has melted like wax, / my bowels 
are wasted within me. 

15. My strength has dried up like baked clay; / and my 
tongue cleaves to my jaws; / and You have cast me 
down into the dust of death. 

16. For the vicious have surrounded me; / the assembly of 
the wicked have closed in upon me; / they have 
pierced my hands and my feet. 

17. My bones ached with pain; / they looked and stared at 
me. 

18. They divided my garments among them, / and cast lots 
for my vesture. 

19. But, O Lord, be not far from me! / O God, O God, 
stay near to help me! 

20. Deliver my soul from the sword, / my only self from 
the hand of the wicked. 

21. Save me from the lion’s mouth; / save my lowliness 
from the haughty, 

22. That I may proclaim Your Name to my brethren; / in 
the midst of the assembly I will praise You. 

23. You who revere the Lord, praise Him! / All you 
descendants of Jacob, glorify Him! / And fear Him, all 
you descendants of Israel! 

24. For He has not despised nor spurned the affliction of 
the poor man; / nor has He turned away His face from 
him; / but when he cried out to Him, He heard him. 


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25. My praise shall be of You in the great assembly; /1 
will fulfill my vows before those who worship Him. 

26. The poor shall eat and be satisfied; / those who seek 
the Lord shall praise Him; / their hearts shall live for 
ever. 

27. All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to 
the Lord; / and all the families of the nations shall 
worship before You! 

28. For the kingdom is the Lord’s; / He is ruler over the 
nations. 

29. All those who are hungry upon earth / shall eat and 
worship in the presence of the Lord; / all those who 
are buried shall kneel before Him. / My soul is alive to 
Him. 

30. An offspring shall serve Him; / the generations to 
come shall proclaim the Lord. 

31. They shall come and declare His justice / to a people 
that shall be born, / and tell what the Lord has done. 

(Qanona) My God, my God, cast me not among men / 
who know You not. 


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Psalm 23 

1. The Lord is my shepherd; /1 shall not want. 

(Qanona) Let us entrust our care to the Lord, / the Provider 
for His household. 

2. He makes me rest in green pastures; / He leads me 
beside still waters. 


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3. He restores my soul. / He leads me in the paths of 
justice for His Name's sake. 

4. Yes, although I walk through the valley of the shadow 
of death, / I will fear no evil; / for You are with me; / 
Your rod and Your staff comfort me. 

5. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my 
enemies; / You anoint my head with oil; / my cup runs 
over. 

6. Surely Your goodness and mercy shall follow me / all 
the days of my life; / and I shall dwell in the house of 
the Lord for ever. 

(Qanona) Let us entrust our care to the Lord, / the Provider 
for His household. 


Psalm 24 

1. The Lord's are the earth and its fullness, / the world 
and those who dwell in it. 

{Qanona) Let us be diligent in our duty, / since the 
Almighty has saved us. 

2. For he set its foundation upon the sea, / and furnished 
it with rivers. 

3. Who shall ascend the mountain of the Lord? / Or who 
shall stand in His holy place? 

4. He who has clean hands and a pure heart; / who has 
not sworn falsely by his soul, / nor has taken an oath 
deceitfully. 

5. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, / and 
justice from God our Saviour. 


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6. This is the generation of those who seek Your face, / 
that proclaims Your countenance, O God of Jacob! 

7. Lift up your lintels, O you gates; / and be lifted up, O 
everlasting doors, / that the King of Glory may come 
in! 

8. Who is this King of Glory? / The Lord, strong and 

mighty, / the Lord, mighty in battle! 

9. Lift up your lintels, O you gates; / and be lifted up, O 

everlasting doors, / that the King of Glory may come 
in! 

10. Who is this King of Glory? / The Lord of Hosts! / He 
is the King of Glory for ever! 

(Qanona) Let us be diligent in our duty, / since the 
Almighty has saved us. 


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Psalm 25 

1. To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul! 

(Qanona) My Lord, I lift up my eyes to You, / for You are 
my true hope! 

2. O my God, I trust in You! / Let me not be ashamed; / 
let not my enemies triumph over me! 

3. Yes, let none who trust in You be ashamed; / let the 
wicked be ashamed with their vanity. 

4. Show me Your ways, O Lord; / teach me Your paths. 

5. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, / for You are my 
God and my Saviour; / for You I wait all the day. 


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6. Remember, O Lord, Your tender mercies and Your 
lovingkindnesses; / for they have existed from the 
beginning of the world. 

7. Remember not the foolishness of my youth; / but 
according to Your abundant mercy, remember me / 
for the sake of Your goodness, O God. 

8. Good and upright is the Lord; / therefore He will direct 
sinners in their way. 

9. He will guide the meek in judgment, / and He will 
teach the poor His way. 

10. All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth / toward 
those who keep His covenant and His ordinances. 

1 1. For Your Name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my iniquity; / 
for it is great. 

12. What man is there who fears the Lord? / Him He shall 
teach in the wav that he has chosen. 

13. His soul shall dwell with grace, / and his offspring shall 
inherit the earth. 

14. The Lord is mindful of those who worship Him, / and 
He will show them His covenant. 

15. My eyes are ever toward the Lord; / for He will free 
my feet from the net. 

16. Turn toward me, and have mercy on me; / for I am 
alone and in need. 

17. The troubles of my heart have been multiplied; / O 
bring me out of my distress. 

18. Look at my affliction and suffering; / and forgive me 
all my sins. 


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19. Consider my enemies, for they are many; / and they 
hate me with an unjust hatred. 

20. O preserve my soul and deliver me, / for I have 
trusted in You. 

21. The innocent and the upright have followed me / 
because I have trusted in You. 

22. God has saved Israel / from all its oppressors. 

(Qanona) My Lord, I lift up my eyes to You, / for You 
are my true hope! 


Psalm 26 

1. Judge me, O Lord, for I have walked in integrity. /1 
have trusted in the Lord, / therefore I shall not waver. 

(Qanona ) O Judge, the greatest of judges, / do not cast 
down my head in Your judgment! 

2. Test me, O Lord, and try me; / search my mind and 
my heart. 

3. For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes, / and I 
have walked with faith in You. 

4. I have not sat with evil persons; / nor have I 
associated with wicked persons. 

5. I have hated the assembly of the evildoers; / and I 
have not sat down with the wicked.. 

6. I have washed my hands clean, / and I have gone 
around Your altar, O Lord, 

7. That I may hear the sound of Your praise / and tell of 
all Your wondrous works. 


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8. Lord, 1 have loved the worship in Your house / and 
the place where Your glory dwells. 

9. Destroy me not with sinners, / nor my life with 
bloodthirsty men, 

10. In whose hands are crimes, / and their right hand is 
full of bribes. 

11. But as for me, I will walk in integrity; / save me and 
be merciful to me. 

12. My foot has stood in the straight way; and in the 
assembly, I will bless the Lord! 

(Qanona) O Judge, the greatest of judges, / do not cast 
down my head in Your judgment! 


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Psalm 27 

1. The Lord is my light and my salvation. / Whom shall I 
fear? / The Lord is the strength of my life. / Of whom 
shall I be afraid? 

(Qanona) Cast me not out from before Your face, / O 
Searcher of secret things! 

2. When evildoers come upon me to devour me, / even 
my enemies and those who hate me, / they stumbled 
together and fell. 

3. Even though an army should encamp against me, / my 
heart shall not fear. / Even though war should be 
waged against me, / even then shall I be confident. 

4. One thing have I asked of the Lord, / one thing that I 
will seek: / that I may dwell in the house of the Lord 


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all the days of my life; / that I may behold the delight 
of the Lord, / and that I may look after His temple. 

5. For in the day of trouble, He shall hide me in His 
shelter; / He shall hide me in the shadow of His 
tabernacle; / He shall set me high upon a rock. 

6. And now my head shall be held high / above my 
enemies round about me. / Therefore I will offer 
sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; / I will sing; yes, I 
will sing praises to the Lord. 

7. O Lord, hear my voice when I call upon You; / and 
have mercy on me and answer me. 

8. My heart has said to You: / May I always seek Your 
face. 

9. Turn not Your face away from me, O Lord; / do not 
trouble Your servant in anger. / You have been my 
help, O Lord! / Do not cast me out nor forsake me, / 
O my God and my Saviour. 

10. Although my father and my mother should abandon 
me, / the Lord would receive me. 

11. Teach me Your way, O Lord, / and lead me along 
Your right paths. 

12. Do not deliver me into the hands of my enemies; / for 
false witnesses have risen up against me / and have 
spoken cruelly. 

13. But I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord / 
in the land of the living. 

14. Trust in the Lord and be of good courage; / yes, trust 
in the Lord! 

(Qanona) Cast me not out from before Your face, / O 
Searcher of secret things! 


Psalm 28 


1. To You have I called, O my God; / do not be silent to 
me; / lest, if You be silent to me, /1 become like those 
who go down into the pit. 

(Qanona) Our souls cry out to You: / come to our help and 
save us! 

2. Hear the voice of my supplications, / when I cry out to 
You, / when I lift up my hands toward Your holy 
temple. 

3. Do not number me among the wicked / nor with those 
who work iniquity, / who speak of peace to their 
neighbours, / though mischief is in their hearts. 

4. Repay them for their deeds / and according to their 
evil doings. 

5. Because they have not considered the deeds of the 
Lord / nor the works of His hands, / He shall tear 
them down and not build them up. 

6. Blessed be the Lord, / for He has heard the words of 
my supplications 

7. The Lord is my helper and my protector; / my heart 
trusted in him, and I rejoice; /1 will praise Him with 
glorious songs. 

8. The Lord is the strength of His people, / and He is the 
protector of the salvation of His anointed. 

9. O Lord, save Your people and bless Your inheritance; 
/ shepherd them and take care of them for ever! 

(Qanona) Our souls cry out to You: / come to our help and 
save us! 


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Psalm 29 

1. Bring to the Lord young rams; / bring to the Lord 
glory and honour! 

(Qanona) O Good One, full of mercy, / praise is due to 
You! 

2. Give to the Lord the glory due to His Name; / worship 
the Lord in the court of His holy temple! 

3. The voice of the Lord is over the waters! / The God 
of glory thunders! / The Lord is over the many waters! 

4. The voice of the Lord is powerful; / the voice of the 
Lord is full of majesty. 

5. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; / yes, the 
Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon! 

6. He makes them leap like calves, / Lebanon and Sirion 
leap like a young ox. 

7. The voice of the Lord strikes flames of fire. 

8. The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; / the 
Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. 

9. The voice of the Lord makes the deer tremble, / and 
uproots the forests; / and in His temple, everyone 
speaks of His glory! 

10. The Lord rules over the flood; yes, the Lord is 
enthroned as King for ever. 

11. The Lord will give strength to His people; / the Lord 
will bless His people with peace. 

(Qanona) O Good One, full of mercy, / praise is due to 
You! 


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Psalm 30 

1. I will extol You, O Lord; / for You have lifted me up, 
/ and have not let my foes rejoice over me. 

(Qanona) We shall thank You, for You have saved us; / 
and You have crushed our enemies. 

2. O Lord my God, I searched for You, / and You have 
healed me. 

3. You have brought my soul up from Sheol; / You have 
saved me / so that I did not join those who go down 
into the pit. 

4. Sing to the Lord, you His saints, / and give thanks as 
you remember His holiness. 

5. For there is rebuke in His anger, / and life in His good 
will. / Weeping may last for a night, / but joy comes in 
the morning. 

6. In my security, I said: /1 shall never be moved. 

7. O God, by Your favour You have increased my glory; 
/ when You turned away Your face, I was troubled. 

8. I cried out to You, O Lord; / I made supplication to 
the Lord. 

9. What profit is there in shedding my blood, / if I go 
dow'n into corruption? / The dust will not praise You, / 
nor w'ill it declare Your faithfulness. 

10. Hear, O God, and have mercy on me! / O Lord, be 
my helper! 

11. For me. You have turned my mourning into joy; / You 
have put off my sackcloth / and girded me wdth 
gladness. 


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12. Therefore, I will sing praise to You, / and not remain 
silent. / O Lord, my God, ? I will give thanks to You 
for ever. 

(Qanona) We shall thank You, for You have saved us; / 
and You have crushed our enemies. 


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Psalm 31 

1. In You, O Lord, I put my trust; / let me never be 
ashamed: / deliver me in Your justice! 

(Qanona ) They have forgotten me like one among the 
dead, but the Lord consoles me. 

2. Incline Your ear to me and answer me speedily; / be 
for me my God, my helper, my house of refuge / and 
save me. 

3. For You are my strength and my refuge; / therefore, 
for Your Name’s sake, comfort me and guide me. 

4. Free me from the net that they have laid secretly for 
me; / for You are my protector. 

5. Into Your hand, I commend my spirit; / for You have 
redeemed me, O Lord God of truth. 

6. I have hated those who worship false idols; / but I 
trust in You, O Lord. 

7. I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy; / for You 
have seen my wretchedness; / You have watched over 
my soul in adversities. 

8. And You have not surrendered me into the hands of 
my enemies; / You have set my feet free to move in 
tranquillity. 


9. Have mercy on me, O Lord, / for I am in distress! / 
My eye is consumed by wrath, / yes, my soul and 
body also. 

10. For my life is spent with grief,/ and my years with 
sighing;/ my strength grows weak because of my 
wretchedness, / and my bones are shaken because of 
my enemies. 

11. I have become an object of reproach to my 
neighbours, / and a dread to my acquaintances:/ those 
who see me on the street flee from me. 

12. I am forgotten like an unremembered dead man; /1 am 
like something given up for lost. 

13. For I have heard of the plotting of many persons. / 
While they connived together against me, / they 
planned to take away my life. 

14. But I trusted in You, O Lord; / I said: You are my 
God, O Lord! 

15. My time is in Your hand; / deliver me from the hand 
of my enemies / and from those who persecute me. 

16. Let Your face shine upon Your servant; / save me in 
Your mercies. 

17. Let me not be ashamed, O Lord, / for I have called 
upon You. / Let thy wicked be ashamed, / and let 
them go to the silence of the grave. 

18. Let the lips of the wicked be silent; / for they speak 
falsely / and with pride against the just, 

19. How great is Your goodness, / which You have in 
store for those who worship You, / which You have 
brought about for those / who trust in You in the smht 

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20. Hide them in the shelter of Your presence from the 
tumult of men; / under Your shadow, guard them from 
contention. 

21. Blessed be the Lord, for He has set aside for Himself / 
His chosen ones in a strong city. 

22. I said in my haste: / I am cut off from before Your 
eyes. / Nevertheless, You heard the voice of my 
supplications / when I cried out to You. 

23. O love the Lord, all you, His righteous ones! / For the 
Lord preserves the faithful / but repays the wicked 
according to their deeds. 

24. Take courage, and He shall strengthen your hearts, / 
all you who trust in the Lord! 

(Qanona) They have forgotten me like one among the 
dead, but the Lord consoles me. 


Psalm 32 

1. Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven / and 
whose sin is blotted out! 

(Qanona) Our Maker is the lover of mankind; / let us 
entreat Him / that He may have compassion on us. 

2. Blessed is the man / to whom the Lord has not 
imputed his iniquity, / and in whose heart there is no 
guile. 

3. Because I suffered in silence all the day long, / my 
bones wasted away during my deep slumber. 

4. For day and night. Your hand was heavy upon me; / 
intense pain developed in my heart, / great enough to 


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kill me 

5. I have confessed my sin to You, / and I have not 
hidden my wickedness from You. / I said: I will 
confess my faults to the Lord; / and You forgave all 
my sins. 

6. For this, let every chosen one pray to You at the 
appointed time; / surely even the floods of great 
waters / shall not come near to him. 

7. You are my refuge; / You shall protect me from my 
enemies; / You will surround me with glory and 
salvation. 

8. I have made you understand / and have led you on the 
way which you shall take; / I will keep My eyes on 
you. 

9. Be not like the horse or like the mule, / which have no 
understanding; / they must be controlled by bit and 
bridle from their youth; / no one goes near them. 

10. The wicked has many sorrows; / but mercy shall 
surround / the one who trusts in the Lord, 

11. Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you just; / and praise 
Him, all you who are upright of heart. 

(Qanona) Our Maker is the lover of mankind; / let us 
entreat Him / that He may have compassion on us 

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Psalm 33 

1. Rejoice in the Lord, O you just; / for praise is fitting 
from the upright. 


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(Qcinona) Praise is fitting from the just, / and also from 
them thanksgiving. 

2. Praise the Lord with the harp and the lyre; / sing 
praise to Him with the ten-stringed harp. 

3. Sing to Him a new song; / play skillfully with a 
beautiful rhythm. 

4. For the word of the Lord is upright; / and all His 
works are done in truth. 

5. He loves justice and judgment; / the earth is full of the 
goodness of the Lord! 

6. By the word of the Lord, the heavens were made; / 
and by the breath of His mouth, all their hosts. 

7. He gathers together the waters of the sea as in a heap 
of flasks; / He confines the depths in storehouses. 

8. Let all the earth fear the Lord; / let all the inhabitants 
of the world stand in awe of Him. 

9. For He spoke, and it was done; / He commanded, and 
it stood forth. 

10. The Lord brings to naught the plans of the nations; / 
the Lord frustrates the designs of the people. 

11. The plan of the Lord stands firm for ever, / the 
thoughts of His heart to all generations. 

12. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; / and the 
people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance. 

13. The Lord looks down from heaven. / He beholds all 
the sons of men. 

14. From His throne, He looks down / upon all the 
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15. He fashioned their hearts alike; / He is aware of all 
their works. 

16. The king is not saved by the multitude of an army; / 
nor is a mighty man delivered by great strength. 

17. A horse is a useless thing for salvation; / nor can it 
deliver its rider by its great strength. 

18. Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon the just, / upon 
those who hope in His mercy, 

19. To deliver their souls from death / and to keep them 
alive in famine. 

20. Our soul waits for the Lord; / He is our help and our 
shield. 

21. For our hearts shall rejoice in Him / because we have 
trusted in His holy Name. 

22. Let Your mercy be upon us, O Lord, / for we have 
hoped in You. 

(Qanona) Praise is fitting from the just, / and also from 
them thanksgiving. 


Psalm 34 

1. I will bless the Lord at all times; His praises shall 
continually be in my mouth! 

(Qanona) Blessed is the King / who granted victory to His 
' athletes in their contests! 

2. My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; / let the 
humble hear and be glad. 

3. O magnify the Lord with me; / and let us exalt His 
Name together. 


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4. I sought the Lord, and He heard me / and delivered 
me from all my troubles. 

5. Look towards Him and trust in Him, / and you shall 
not be disappointed. 

6. This poor man called on Him, / and He heard him and 
saved him from all his troubles. 

7. The host of angels of the Lord / encamps around those 
who worship Him / and delivers them. 

8. O taste and see that the Lord is good! / Blessed is the 
man who trusts in Him. 

9. The rich have become poor / and suffer hunger. 

10. Those who seek the Lord / shall not lack any good 
thing. 

11. Come, children, listen to me: / and I will teach you 
reverence for the Lord. 

12. Where is the man who does not desire life / and many 
days so that he may see the good time to come? 

13. Keep your tongue from evil / and your lips from 
speaking guile. 

14. Depart from evil, and do good; / seek peace, and 
pursue it. 

15. The eyes of the Lord are upon the just, / and His ears 
are open to hear them. 

16. The face of the Lord is set against those who do evil, / 
to cut off remembrance of them from the earth. 

17. The just cried, and the Lord hears, / and delivers them 
from all their troubles. 


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18. The Lord is near to those who are brokenhearted, / 
and He saves those who are humble in spirit. 

19. Many are the afflictions of the just; / but the Lord 
delivers him out of them all. 

20. He protects all his bones, / not one of them is broken. 

21. Evil shall slay the wicked, / and those who hate the 
just shall be destroyed. 

22. The Lord redeems the souls of His servants, / and 
none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned. 

(Qanona) Blessed is the King / who granted victory to His 
athletes in their contests! 

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Psalm 35 

1. Plead my cause, O Lord, / against those who war 
against me; / fight against those who fight against me! 

( Qanona ) Those who burn with zeal for You are 
persecuted; / neglect them not, O Messiah! 

2. Take hold of the shield and buckler, / and rise to come 
to my help. 

3. Draw out the sword, / and wave it against those who 
persecute me; / say to my soul: I am your Saviour! 

4. Let them be confounded and put to shame / who seek 
after my soul; / let them be turned back and brought to 
confusion, / who plot evil against me. 

5. Let them be like chaff before the wind, / and let the 
angel of the Lord chasing them. 


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6. Let their way be dark and slippery, / and let the angel 
of the Lord pursue them. 

7. For they have dug pits for me, / and have set a snare 
for my soul. 

8. Let evil come upon them unawares; / and let the net 
that they have hidden entrap them; / let them fall into 
the very pit which they have dug. 

9. My soul shall be joyful in God; / it shall rejoice in His 
salvation! 

10. All my bones shall say: / Lord, who is like You, / who 
delivers the poor from his enemies? /Yes, who delivers 
the poor and the needy / from the one who seizes their 
property by force/ 

11. False witnesses rose up; / they accused me of things 
which I knew not. 

12. They rewarded me evil for good, / and they destroyed 
my reputation among men. 

13. But as for me, / when they were sick, I wore 
sackcloth; /1 humbled my soul with fasting, / and my 
prayers returned into my own bosom. 

14. I behaved myself as though / they had been my friends 
and brothers; /1 was bowed down heavily / like one 
miserable in deep mourning. 

15. During my misery, they gathered together and 
rejoiced; / yes, they gathered together against me for a 
long time, / and I knew it not; 

16. With their boasting and mocking, / they gnashed their 
teeth at me. 

17. My Lord, I have suffered enough; / rescue my soul 


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from their roaring; / save my only soul from these 
lions. 

18. I will give You thanks in the great assembly; /1 will 
praise You among many people. 

19. Let not my enemies rejoice over me, / nor the taunters 
who hate me for no reason; / they wink with their 
eyes, but they do not speak to me. 

20. Against the Meek of the earth / they plan evil deeds. 

21. Yes, they opened their mouths wide against me, / and 
said: Aha, aha, our eyes have seen it! 

22. You have seen this, O God; / be not silent; / O my 
Lord, be not far from me! 

23. Rouse Yourself and awake to my judgment, / see my 
suffering, my God and my Lord. 

24. Judge me, O Lord my God, according to Your justice; 
/ and do not let them rejoice over me. 

25. Let them not say in their hearts: / We have rid 
ourselves of him and have buried him. 

26. Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion, / 
those who wish me evil; / let them be clothed with 
shame and dishonour, / those who gloat in being 
against me. 

27. Let those who are pleased with my victory shout for 
joy and be glad; / yes, let them say continually: / May 
the Lord be glorified, / who is pleased with the peace 
of His servant, 

28. And my tongue shall speak of Your justice / and of 
Your praise all the day long. 


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(Qanonci ) Those who burn with zeal for You are 
persecuted; / neglect them not, O Messiah! 


Psalm 36 

1. The unjust plans wickedness within his heart, / for 
there is no fear of God before his eyes. 

(Qanona) Mighty Lord, You are good, just and wise! 

2. He is unwilling to see his sins forgiven, / or to hate 
them. 

3. The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit; / he is 
unwilling to do good. 

4. He plans mischief in his bed; / he walks in a way that 
is not good, / that he may do evil. 

5. O Lord, Your mercy reaches to heaven; / and Your 
faithfulness reaches into the universe. 

6. Your justice is like the mountain of God; / Your 
judgments are like a great deep; / O Lord, You 
preserve man and beast. 

7. How abundant is Your lovingkindness, O God! / 
Therefore, the children of men take refuge under the 
shadow of Your wings. 

8. They shall flourish from the riches of Your house, / 
and You shall give them to drink / from the pleasant 
water of Your spring. 

9. For with You is the fountain of life; / in Your light we 
shall see light. 

10. O continue Your lovingkindness to those who know 
You not, / and Your justice to the upright of heart. 


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11. Let not the foot of the proud come against me, / and 
let not the hand of the wicked disturb me. 

12. For there the workers of iniquity will fall; / they will be 
cast down, / and will not be able to rise. 

(Qanona) Mighty Lord, You are good, just and wise! 

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Psalm 37 

1. Do not fret because of evildoers, / nor be envious of 
those who work iniquity. 

(Qanona) Justice shines forth suddenly / and consumes the 
wicked. 

2. For they shall soon wither like grass / and fade away 
like green herbs. 

3. Trust in God, and do good! / Dwell in the land, and 
seek after faithfulness. 

4. Trust in the Lord, / and He shall give you your heart’s 
desires. 

5. Commit your way to the Lord; / trust in Him, and He 
shall bring all things about. 

6. He shall bring forth your justice like the light, / and 
Your judgment like the noonday. 

7. Seek the Lord, and pray before Him; / do not envy the 
man who does evil and prospers in his way. 

8. Resist anger, and forsake wrath; / do not fret in any 
way to do evil. 

9. For evildoers shall be cut off; / but those who trust in 
the Lord shall inherit the earth. 


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10. For in yet a little while, the wicked shall be no more; / 
yes, you shall look for his place, / and you shall not 
find him. 

11. But the meek shall inherit the earth, / and shall take 
delight in the abundance of peace. 

12. The wicked plots against the just, / and gnashes his 
teeth at him. 

13. The Lord shall laugh at him; / for He sees that his day 
is coming. 

14. The wicked have drawn their sword / and have bent 
their bow, / to slay the poor and the needy, / and those 
who are upright in their way. 

15. Their swords shall pierce their own hearts, / and their 
bows shall be broken. 

16. The little that a just man has / is better than the great 
riches of the wicked. 

17. For the weapons of the wicked shall be broken; / but 
the Lord upholds the just. 

18. The Lord knows the days of the upright; / and their 
inheritance shall last for ever. 

19. They shall not be ashamed in the evil time; / and in 
days of famine, they shall be satisfied. 

20. For the wicked shall perish; / and the rich, who are 
enemies of the Lord, shall be consumed; / they shall 
vanish like smoke. 

21. The wicked borrows and does not repay; / but the just 
shows mercy and gives. 

22. For those blessed by the Lord shall inherit the earth; / 


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and those whom He curses shall be wiped out. 

23. The steps of a good man are made firm by the Lord; / 
He sets his course. 

24. Though he fall, he shall not be hurt; / the Lord 
sustains him with His hand. 

25. I have been young, and now I am old; / yet, I have not 
seen the just forsaken, / nor his descendants begging 
bread. 

26. But he is always merciful and lends; / and his offspring 
is blessed. 

27. Depart from evil, and do good; / and rest for 
evermore. 

28. For the Lord loves justice, / and forsakes not His just 
ones; / He keeps them for ever; / but the seed of the 
wicked. He destroys. 

29. The just shall inherit the land, / and dwell in it for 
ever. 

30. The mouth of the just man speaks wisdom, / and his 
tongue speaks of justice. 

31. The law of God is in his heart; / none of his steps shall 
stumble. 

32. The wicked lies in wait for the just, / and seeks to slay 
him. 

33. The Lord will not leave him in his hand, / nor let him 
be condemned when he is judged. 

34. Trust in the Lord and keep His way, / and He shall 
exalt you to inherit the land; / when the wicked are cut 
off, / you shall see it. 


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35. For I have seen the wicked boasting, / and spreading 
himself out like stout forest trees; 

36. Yet, when I passed by, lo! he was not. / Yes, I sought 
him, but he could not be found. 

37. Support the perfect, and select the upright; / for there 
is a good end for peaceful men. 

38. But sinners shall be destroyed together; / yes, the end 
of the wicked shall be destruction. 

39. But the Saviour of the just is the Lord;/ He will help 
them in time of trouble. 

40. And the Lord shall help them and deliver them; / He 
shall deliver them from the wicked and save them, / 
because they trust in Him. 

(Qanona ) Justice shines forth suddenly / and consumes the 
wicked. 


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Psalm 38 

# 

1. O Lord, rebuke me not in Your wrath; / not chastise 
me in the heat of Your anger. 

(Qcinona) O Compassionate One, let our chastisement be 
tempered by Your mercy! 

2. For Your arrows have stuck fast in me, / and Your 
hand rests heavily upon me. 

3. There is no peace in my flesh because of Your anger; / 
nor is there any rest in my bones because of my sins. 

4. For my iniquities are higher than my head; / like a 
great burden, they are too heavy for me. 


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5. My wounds are loathsome / and corrupt because of 
my foolishness. 

6. I am greatly troubled; / all the day long I walk in 
sadness. 

7. My loins are filled with trembling,/ and there is no 
peace in my body. 

8. I am weak and miserable; / I have groaned in the 
anguish of my heart. 

9. O Lord, all my desire is before You; / and my 
groaning is not hidden from You. 

10. My heart is broken, my strength has failed me; / as for 
the light of my eyes, / it is also gone from me. 

1 1. My friends and neighbours stood back from my grief; / 
and mv relatives stood afar off. 

12. Those also who seek my life and wish me evil lay hold 
of me; / and they speak evil things about me; / and 
think of treachery all the day long. 

13. But I, like a deaf man, heard them not; / and I was 
like a dumb man who opens not his mouth. 

14. Thus, I was like a man who does not hear, / and in 
whose mouth there is no reproof. 

15. For in You, O Lord, do I hope! / You will answer me, 
O Lord my God. 

16. Because I said: / Hear me, lest they rejoice over me! / 
They mock me when my feet slip. 

17. I am prepared to suffer, / and my sorrow is continually 
with me. 


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18. I will confess my iniquity to You; /1 will purify myself 
of my sins. 

19. But my enemies are strong and alert; / many are those 
who hate me wrongfully. 

20. They reward me evil for good; / they reproach me 
because I seek after good things. 

21. Forsake me not, O Lord! / O my God, be not far from 
me! 

22. Stay near to help me and save me! 

(Qanona) O Compassionate One, let our chastisement be 
tempered by Your mercy! 


Psalm 39 

1. I said: I will be watchful of my ways / so as not to sin 
w'ith my tongue; /1 will keep the words of my mouth 
under control / while the wicked is before me. 

( Qanona ) The wicked have afflicted me, O our Lord; / in 
You is my true hope! 

2. I was silent and sorrowful, I was w'retched, / I held 
myself back, even from good; / and my sorrow was 
increased. 

3. My heart grew hot within me; / and my body was on 
fire; / then I spoke out with my tongue! 

4. Lord, show me my end, / and what is the number of 
my days, / that I may know my destiny. 

5. Behold, You have given a limit for my days; / and my 
age is as nothing before You; / truly, all men stand as 
mere breath before You. 


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6. Because every man walks as a phantom; / he 
disappears like a breath; / he buries treasures and 
knows not who shall gather them. 

7. Henceforth, what is my hope, / except in You, O 
Lord? 

8. Deliver me from all my transgressions; / let me not 
suffer the reproach of the unjust. 

9. I was silent, I opened not my mouth, / because You 
did it. 

10. Remove Your scourges from me; / I am stricken by 
the blow of Your hand. 

11. Iam consumed by rebuke because of my sins; / You 
chastise a man / and burn away his desires like 
stubble. / Truly, all men are like a breath. 

12. Hear my prayer, O Lord! / Give ear to my cry! / Do 
not be silent at my tears! / For I am a dweller with 
You / and a pilgrim like all my fathers were. 

13. O deliver me, that I may rest in peace / before I pass 
away and be no more. 

(Qanona) The wicked have afflicted me, O our Lord; / in 
You is my true hope! 


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Psalm 40 

1. I waited patiently for the Lord; / and He turned 
towards me and heard my supplication. 

(Qanona) O compassionate One, Your benefits to us cannot 
be counted! 


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2. And He brought me up out of a horrible pit, / out of 
the mud of destruction, / and set my feet upon a rock / 
and made firm my footsteps. 

3. And He has put a new song into my mouth, / praise 
for our God, / so that many shall see it and rejoice, / 
and trust in the Lord. 

4. Blessed is the man whose trust is in the Name of the 
Lord, / and who turns not to vanity, / nor to lying 
conversation. 

5. How many are Your works / which You have done 
for us, O Lord our God, / and Your wonderful care 
for us! /1 have proclaimed that they are too many to 
be numbered; / there is no one like You! 

6. Sacrifices and offerings, You did not desire; / but as 
for me, I have understanding. / Burnt offering and sin 
offering, You have not required. 

7. Then I said: Behold, I come; / in the beginning of the 
books, it is written of me: 

8. I delight to do Your will, O my God! / Yes, Your law 
is within my heart! 

9. I have announced Your justice in the great assembly; / 
behold, I have not held back my lips, O Lord, as You 
know. 

10. I have not hidden Your justice within my heart. / I 
have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation! / 
I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your 
truth / from the great assembly. 

11. Withhold not Your tender mercies from me, O Lord! / 
Let Your lovingkindness and Your truth / continually 
preserve me. 


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12. For countless evils have surrounded me! / My 
iniquities have overwhelmed me, / so that I am not 
able to look up; / they are more than the hairs on my 
head, / and my heart fails me. 

13. Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me; / O Lord, continue 
to help me! 

14. Let them be ashamed and confounded, / those who 
seek after my soul to destroy it; / let them be driven 
back and put to shame, / those who wish me evil. 

15. Let them be cast down for disgraceful conduct, / those 
who say to me: Aha, aha! 

16. Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in 
You! / Let those who love Your salvation say 
continually: / May the Lord be glorified! 

17. But I am poor and needy. / O my Lord, they have 
conspired against me. / Help me and deliver me! / Do 
not delay, O my God! 

(Qanona) O compassionate One, Your benefits to us cannot 
be counted! 


Psalm 41 

1. Blessed is he who looks after the poor; / the Lord will 
deliver him in time of trouble. 

(Qanona) Blessed is the one who has found mercy / in the 
judgment of Your justice! 

2. The Lord will preserve him and keep him alive, / and 
He shall bless him upon the earth. / He will not deliver 
him / into the hands of his enemies. 


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3. The Lord will strengthen him upon his sick bed; / he 
will completely recover from his illness. 

4. I have said: You are my Lord; / be merciful to me and 
heal my soul, / for I have sinned against You. 

5. My enemies speak evil of me: / When shall he die, and 
his name perish? 

6. When they come to see me, / they speak falsely and 
their hearts plan evil; / they go out into the street and 
gossip about me. 

7. All who hate me whisper together about me; / they 
plan evil against me. 

8. They conceive unjust accusations against me; / they 
say: Now that he lies sick in his bed, / he shall never 
rise asain. 

9. Yes, even the man who visits me, / in whom I trust,/ 
who eats my bread and whom I trust, / betrays me. 

10. But You, O Lord, be merciful to me, / and heal me, 
that I may repay them. 

11. By this I know that You are pleased with me: / 
because my enemy does not conquer me. 

12. And as for me, You uphold me in my integrity, / and 
set me before Your face for ever. 

13. Blessed is the Lord, God of Israel, / from everlasting 
and to everlasting! / Amen and Amen! 

(Qanona) Blessed is the one who has found mercy / in the 
judgment of Your justice! 


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Psalm 42 

1. As the deer longs for the running stream, / so my soul 
longs for You, O Lord! 

(Qanona) To You, O God, I pray for compassion; / by 
Your mercies, I will turn to You. 

2. My soul thirsts for You, O living God! / When shall I 
come to see Your face? 

3. My tears have been my bread day and night, / while 
they continually say to me: / Where is your God? 

4. When I remember these things, my soul is troubled. / 
Therefore I will enter Your mighty citadel, / even to 
the house of God, / with sounds of joy and praise, / 
with the crowds who rejoice. 

5. Why are you troubled, O my soul? / And why are you 
bewildered? / Trust in God! / For I shall still praise 
Him, / the Saviour of my honour and my God! 

6. My soul is troubled within me. / Therefore, I will 
remember You from the land of Jordan, / from the 
mount of Hermon, / and from the hill. 

7. Deep calls unto deep at the sound of Your waterfalls: / 
all Your waves and Your breakers have gone over me. 

8. Yet the Lord will send His lovingkindness in the 
daytime, / and in the night, His song shall be with me, 
/ and my prayer to the living God. 

9. I will say to God: Why have You forsaken me? / Why 
do I go mourning because of the oppression of my 
enemies? 


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10. When my bones are broken, my enemies reproach me; 
/ while they say to me day after day: Where is your 
God? 

11. Why are you disturbed, O my soul? / And why are 
you bewildered? / Hope in God, / for I shall yet praise 
Him, / the Saviour of my honour and my God! 

(Q anon a) To You, O God, I pray for compassion; / by 
Your mercies, I will turn to You. 


Psalm 43 

1. Judge me, O God, and avenge my cause / against a 
merciless people; / O deliver me from the deceitful and 
unjust man. 

(Qanona) Judge me, Lord, with my adversaries, / and let 
Your help accompany me. 

2. For You are the God of my strength. / Why have You 
forsaken me? / Why do I go mourning / because of the 
oppression of the enemy? 

3. O send forth Your light and Your truth; / let them 
comfort me./ Let them bring me to Your holy 
mountain / and to Your tabernacle. 

4. Then will I go in before the altar of God, / to God who 
makes me rejoice with the joy of youth. / Yes, upon 
the harp I will praise You, O God, my God! 

5. Why are you disturbed, O my soul? / And why are 
you sad within me? / Hope in God; / for I shall yet 
praise Him, / who is the Saviour of my honour and my 
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(Qanona) Judge me, Lord, with my adversaries, / and let 
Your help accompany me. 


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Psalm 44 

1. We have heard with our own ears, O God, / our 
fathers have told us / what deeds You worked in their 
days / in the times of old. 

(Qanona) Creator, who rescued our first fathers by Your 
strength, / save Your adorers who entreat You. 

2. How You destroyed the nations with Your hand, / and 
established Your people; / how You overcame the 
kingdoms, / and strengthened Your people. 

3. For they did not inherit the land by their sword, / nor 
did their own arm save them; / but Your right hand 
and Your arm / and the light of Your countenance, / 
because You were pleased with them. 

4. You are my King, O God; / for You decreed 
deliverance for Jacob. 

5. Through You, we shall pierce our enemies; / through 
Your Name shall we trample down those who hate us. 

6. For we do not trust in our bows, / nor in our armour 
to save us. 

7. But You have saved us from those who hate us, / and 
have put our enemies to shame. 

8. We glorify You, O God, all the day long, / and we 
praise Your Name for ever. 


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9. But now You have forsaken us and put us to shame; / 
You have not gone forth with our armies. 

10. But You have allowed us to be defeated, / and our 
enemies have plundered us. 

11. You have sold us like sheep to be slaughtered for 
meat; / and You have scattered us among the nations. 

12. You have sold Your people at a bargain price; and 
You made no profit in the sale. 

13. You make us a reproach to our neighbours,/ a scorn 
and derision to those around us. 

14. You make us a byword among the nations, / a 
mockery among the peoples. 

15. All the day long my disgrace is before me, / and shame 
has covered my face. 

16. Because of the voice of the one who reproaches and 
blasphemes; / and because of the enemy who avenges. 

17. All this has come upon us, / and yet we have not 
forgotten You, / nor have we been disloyal to Your 
covenant. 

18. We have not turned back, / nor we have turned our 
steps away from your path. 

19. For You have humbled us again in the land, / and 
covered us with the shadow of death. 

20. And yet we have not forgotten the Name of our God, / 
nor stretched out our hands to foreign gods. 

21. God will look into this thing, / for He knows the 
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22. Yes, for Your sake we are being killed every day; / we 
are counted as sheep for the slaughter. 

23. Awake and sleep not, O Lord! / Remember us and 
cast us not off! 

24. Turn not Your face away from us, / and do not forget 
our humiliation and our oppression; 

25. For our soul is bowed down to the dust; / our body 
touches the earth. 

26. Arise to help us! / Redeem us for Your mercies" sake! 

(Qanona) Creator, who rescued our first fathers by Your 
strength, / save Your adorers who entreat You. 

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Psalm 45 

1. My heart pours forth good news / and I will tell my 
deeds to the king; / my tongue is like the pen of a 
ready writer. 

(Qanona) Glory to You, our Saviour, / for You honoured 
Your Church, the chosen one, / and adorned her with 
all beauty. 

2. You are fairer than the children of men; / grace is 
poured upon your lips; / therefore God has blessed 
you for ever. 

3. Gird your sword upon your thigh, O most mighty one, 
/ with your glory and your majesty. 

4. Your majesty is triumphant; / ride upon the word of 
truth and gentleness and justice; / your law is upheld 
by reverence for your right hand. 


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5. Your arrows are sharp; / let them pierce the heart of 
the king’s enemies, / and let the people fall beneath 
you. 

6. Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever; / the sceptre 
of Your kingdom is a sceptre of justice. 

7. You love justice and hate wickedness;/ therefore God, 
your God, has anointed you / with the oil of gladness 
above your companions. 

8. All your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes 
and cassia, / out of the magnificent temple, / by which 
they have made you rejoice. 

9. The king’s daughter stands in glory, / the queen stands 
at your right hand in gold of Ophir. 

10. Hear, O my daughter, and consider and incline your 
ear; / and forget your own people and your father’s 
house. 

11. So shall the king greatly desire your beauty; / for he is 
your lord;/ pay homage to him. 

12. And the daughter of Tyre shall worship him; / even the 
rich among the people shall seek your presence with 
gifts. 

13. All the glory of the king’s daughter is from within; / 
her clothing is adorned with fine gold. 

14. She shall be brought to the king with gifts; / and her 
virgin companions shall follow in her train. 

15. With gladness and rejoicing they shall be brought; / 
they shall enter into the palace of the king. 


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16. The place of your fathers, your sons shall have; / you 
shall make them princes over all the earth. 

17. I will make your name to be remembered through all 
generations; / therefore the people shall praise you for 
ever and ever. 

(Qanona) Glory to You, our Saviour, / for You honoured 
Your Church, the chosen one, / and adorned her with 
all beauty. 


Psalm 46 

1. God is our refuge and strength, / an ever present help 
in trouble. 

(Qanona) God, our invincible helper, / destroy the proud / 
and make us glad with Your salvation! 

2. You have been with us always; / therefore we shall not 
fear when the earth quakes / and the mountains are 
shaken into the heart of the sea, 

3. Though its waters roar and foam, / though the 
mountains be shaken by its force. 

4. There is a river whose streams will gladden the city of 
our God, / the holy place of the Most High. 

5. God is in the midst of her; / she shall not be moved; / 
God shall help her in the early morning. 

6. The heathen raged, and the kingdoms trembled; / He 
raised His voice, the earth quaked. 

7. The Lord of hosts is with us; / the God of Jacob is our 
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8. Come, behold the works of God, / for He does 
wonders on the earth! 

9. He brings an end to wars all over the earth; / He 
breaks the bow and cuts the spear in half; / He burns 
the chariot in the fire. 

10. Repent, and know that I am God; / 1 am exalted 
among the nations, / and I am exalted upon the earth! 

11. The Lord of hosts is with us; / the God of Jacob is our 
refuge! 

(Qanona) God, our invincible helper, / destroy the proud / 
and make us glad with Your salvation! 


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Psalm 47 

1. O clap your hands, all people! / Shout to God with the 
sound of triumph! 

(Qanona) Blessed is the One who came down / and gave us 
His body for food; / and by His blood wiped out the 
debts of His flock! 

2. For the Lord is Most High and to be reverenced; / He 
is a great King over all the earth. 

3. For He has subdued the nations under us, / and the 
peoples under our feet. 

4. He has chosen us for the inheritance, / and for the 
glory of Jacob, whom He loved. 

5. God has gone up with glory, / the Lord with the sound 
of the trumpet! 


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6. Sing praises to God! / Sing praises to our King! 

7. For God is the King of all the earth! / Sing praises to 
Him! 

8. God reigns over the nations! / God sits upon His holy 
throne! 

9. The rulers of the nations have returned to the God of 
Abraham; / for the dominions of the earth belong to 
God / and He is greatly exalted. 

(Qanona) Blessed is the One who came down / and gave 
us His body for food; / and by His blood wiped out 
the debts of His flock! 


Psalm 48 

1. Great is our Lord, / and exceedingly exalted in the city 
of our God / and on His holy and glorious mountain. 

(Qanona) Exult and rejoice, O race of Adam, / and be 
exalted in Jesus, / who rose up and conquered death 
by His death! 

2. Beautiful for its location, / the joy of the whole earth, / 
is mount Zion on the slopes of the north, / the city of 
the great King. 

3. God shows His might in her walled cities. 

4. For, lo! the kings were prepared, / and they passed on 
together. 

5. They saw it, and at once they marvelled; / they were 
frustrated and hurried away. 

6. Fear took hold of them, / and pain, as of a woman in 
travail. 


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7. With a violent storm, / the ships of Tarshish shall be 
shattered. 

8. As we have heard, so have we seen / in the city of our 
God; / God will make it firm for ever. 

9. We have trusted in Your lovingkindness, O God, / in 
the midst of Your temple. 

10. As is Your Name, O God, / so is Your praise extended 
to the ends of the earth; / Your right hand is filled with 
justice. 

11. Let mount Zion rejoice; / let the daughters of Judah be 
glad / because of Your judgments, O Lord! 

12. Circle Zion, and go around her; / count the number of 
her towers. 

13. Mark well her strength, / and the depth of her 
ramparts, / that you may tell it to another generation. 

14. For this God is our God for ever and ever; / He will be 
our guide until death. 

( Qanona) Exult and rejoice, O race of Adam, / and be 
exalted in Jesus, / who rose up and conquered death 
by His death! 

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Psalm 49 

1. Hear this, all people! / Give ear, all inhabitants of the 
world! 

( Qanona ) Hear now, rulers of the people: / with fear, serve 
God, the Lord of all! 

2. Children of earth and sons of men, / rich and poor 
together. 


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3. My mouth shall speak of wisdom; / and the meditation 
of my heart shall be of understanding. 

4. I will incline my ear to parables; / I will chant my 
proverbs upon the harp. 

5. I will not fear in days of evil, / when the iniquity of my 
enemies shall surround me. 

6. They trust in their own strength / and boast to 
themselves in the multitude of their riches. 

7. A brother cannot save a brother; / nor can a man give 
to God a ransom for himself. 

8. For the redemption of their souls is precious! 

9. Do good for ever / and you shall live for ever, / and 
not see corruption. 

10. But you will see wise men die; / likewise the fool and 
the weak-minded shall perish / and leave their wealth 
to others. 

11. Their graves shall be their only habitations for ever, / 
and their dwelling-places throughout generations. / 
Their marked grave will be their only remembrance on 
earth. 

12. Nevertheless, such a man is not sustained by his 
honour; / his end will be like that of the beasts, / and 
he will perish. 

13. This, their way, is their folly; / in the end, demented, 
they will graze like cattle. 

14. Like sheep, they are herded into the grave; / death 
shall feed on them; / and the upright shall rule over 
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beauty, / and they shall be cast out from their glory. 

15. But God will redeem my soul; / from the power of the 
grave, He will raise me up. 

16. Do not be afraid when one becomes rich, / when the 
glory of his house is increased; 

17. For when he dies, he shall carry nothing away; / nor 
shall his glory follow him down. 

18. For while he lived, he lived comfortably; / he praised 
you when you favoured him. 

19. His end shall be like that of his father before him; / 
they shall never see the light. 

20. Man cannot depend on his honour for consolation, / 
for if he does, he resembles the wild beasts. 

(Qanona) Hear now, rulers of the people: / with fear, serve 
God, the Lord of all! 


Psalm 50 

1. The God of gods, the Lord, has spoken / and called 
the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. 

(Qanona) Blessed is the One, who by the sacrifice of His 
Beloved, / fulfilled and ended all sacrifices! 

2. Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, / God has shone 
forth! 

3. Our God shall come and shall not keep silence; / a 
consuming fire shall go before Him, / and it shall burn 
brightly around Him. 

4. He shall call to the heavens from above / and to the 
earth, / that He may judge His people. 


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5. Gather around Him, O you, His holy ones, / those 
who have made a covenant with Him by sacrifice. 

6. And the heavens shall declare His justice; / for God 
Himself is the Judge. 

7. Hear, O my people, and I will speak to you! / O Israel, 
I will testify to you: /1 am God, indeed your God! 

8. I do not reprove you for your sacrifices / nor for your 
burnt offerings; / they are continually before Me. 

9. I will take no bullocks out of your house / nor he-goats 
out of your folds. 

10. For all the beasts of the forest are Mine, / as well as 
the cattle and the oxen upon the hills. 

1 1. I know all the birds of the air; / and the wild beasts of 
the desert are Mine. 

12. If I were hungry, I would not tell you; / for the world 
is Mine and all its fullness. 

13. I do not eat the flesh of bulls, / nor do I drink the 
blood of goats. 

14. Offer to God the sacrifice of thanksgiving; / and fulfill 

your vows to the Most High. 

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15. Call upon Me in the day of trouble; /1 will strengthen 
you, and you shall glorify Me. 

16. But to the sinner, God says: / How have you followed 
the books of My law? / You have observed My 
covenant lightly, 

17. Seeing that you hate My instruction / and cast My 
words behind you. 


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18. When you saw a thief, you joined him, / and you have 
shared the lot of adulterers. 

19. You have given your mouth free rein for evil, / and 
your tongue speaks deceit. 

20. You sit and speak against your brother; / you slander 
your own mother’s son. 

21. All of these things have you done, / and I kept silence. 
/ You thought that I was wicked like you. / But I will 
rebuke you, / and correct these sins before your eyes. 

22. Now understand this, you who forget God, / lest you 
be crushed and there be no one to deliver. 

23. Whoever offers the sacrifice of thanksgiving glorifies 
Me; / and to him will I show the way of the salvation 
of our God. 

(Qanona) Blessed is the One, who by the sacrifice of His 
Beloved, / fulfilled and ended all sacrifices! 

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Psalm 51 

1. Have mercy on me, O God, in Your lovingkindness. / 
In the depth of Your compassion, blot out my sins. 

(Qanona) With the hyssop of Your mercies, / make white 
our spots, O Compassionate One! 

2. Wash me clean from my iniquity, / and cleanse me of 
my sins. 

3. For I know my iniquity, / and my sins are ever before 
me. 


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4. Against You alone have I sinned; /1 have done what is 
evil in Your sight. / Therefore, You are justified in 
Your sentence / and blameless in Your judgments. 

5. For in guilt was I born; / in sin my mother conceived 
me. 

6. But You are pleased with truth, / and the secrets of 
Your wisdom You have revealed to me. 

7. Sprinkle me with hyssop, / and I shall be made clean; / 
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 

8. Fill me with Your joy and gladness, / that my broken 
spirit may rejoice. 

9. Turn Your face away from my sins, / and blot out all 
my iniquities. 

10. Create in me a clean heart, O God, / and renew a right 
spirit within me. 

11. Cast me not away from Your presence; / and take not 
Your holy Spirit from me. 

12. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation; / and 
maintain me with Your glorious spirit. 

13. Then I will teach transgressors Your way, / and 
sinners shall be converted to You. 

14. Deliver me from bloodshed, O God, the God of my 
salvation, / and my tongue shall sing aloud of Your 
justice. 

15. O Lord, open my lips, / and my mouth shall proclaim 
Your praise. 

16. For You do not desire sacrifice; / You take no delight 
in burnt offerings. 


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17. My sacrifice to God is a broken spirit; / a broken and 
contrite heart, O God, You will not despise. 

18. Do good to Zion in Your good pleasure; / build the 
walls of Jerusalem. 

19. Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of 
justice, / with burnt offerings and holocausts; / then 
shall they offer gifts on Your altar. 

(Qanona ) With the hyssop of Your mercies, / make white 
our spots, O Compassionate One! 


Psalm 52 

1. Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man? / Your 
tongue plots injustices against the innocent every day. 

(Qanona) Blessed is the One who exalts the humble / and 
humbles the proud! 

2. It is like a sharp razor, / working deceitfully. 

3. You love evil more than good, / and lying rather than 
speaking justly. 

4. You love all those who speak evil / and all deceitful 
tongues. 

5. Therefore, God shall overthrow you, / and He shall 
uproot you from Your dwelling place / and from the 
land of the living. 

6. Then the just shall see and rejoice, / and shall trust in 
the Lord. 

7. And they shall say: / Behold, this is the man who did 
not trust in God / but trusted in the abundance of his 
riches, / and boasted of his possessions! 


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8. But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; / 
I have trusted in the mercy of God for ever and ever. 

9. I will praise You for ever, / because of what You have 
done; / and I will proclaim Your Name / before Your 
holy ones for all generations. 

(Qanona) Blessed is the One who exalts the humble / and 
humbles the proud! 


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Psalm 53 

1. The fool has said in his heart: / There is no God! / 
They are corrupt, and the commit abominable 
iniquities! / And there is no one who does good. 

(Qanona) You are the One who knows all: / save Your 
Church! 

2. God looked down from heaven upon the children of 
men, / to see if there were any that are wise, / that did 
seek God. 

3. Every one of them has gone astray; / they have all 
become completely perverse; / there is no one who 
does good, / no, not even one! 

4. These people no longer recognize evil! / They have 
devoured my people like bread; / they have no respect 
for God! 

5. They feared where there was no fear; / for God has 
scattered the bones of the hypocrites; / they have been 
put to shame, / because God has rejected them. 


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6. Who will give salvation to Israel out of Zion? / When 
God brings back the captives of His people, / Jacob 
shall rejoice and Israel shall be glad! 

(Qanonci) You are the One who knows all: / save Your 
Church! 


Psalm 54 

1. Save me by Your Name, O God, / and bring me 
justice by Your strength! 

(Qanona) You are my true hope! 

2. Hear my prayer, O God! / Give ear to the words of 
my mouth! 

3. For strangers have risen up against me, / and powerful 
men seek my life. / They have no regard for You, O 
God. 

4. Behold, God is my helper! / The Lord sustains my 
soul! 

5. Bring disaster upon my enemies. / Silence them in 
Your truth. 

6. Freely I will sacrifice to You. / I will praise Your 
Name, O Lord, / for it is good. 

7. For You have delivered me from all my troubles; / and 
my eyes have seen my enemies defeated. 

(Qanona) You are my true hope! 


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Psalm 55 

1. Give ear to my prayer, 0 God, / and do not reject my 
supplication! 

(Qanona) To You, my God, I entrust my judgment. 

2. Hear me and answer me; / turn to my cry and answer 
me. 

3. Because of my enemies, / because of the oppression 
of the wicked; / for they have planned evil against me, 
/ and they have reproached me. 

4. My heart is greatly pained within me; / and the terrors 
of death have fallen upon me. 

5. Fear and trembling have come upon me, / and the 
shadow of death has overwhelmed me. 

6. And I said: Oh, that I had wings like a dove! / Then I 
would fly away and be at rest! 

7. Behold, then I would fly far away / and dwell in the 
wilderness! 

8. I would wait for Him who will save me / from the 
windy storm and the tempest. 

9. Destroy their tongues, O Lord, and render them 
useless; / for I have seen violence and strife in the city. 

10. Day and night they go about it, around its walls; / 
injustice and mischief are in the midst of it. 

11. Wickedness is in the midst of it; / deceit and guile are 
never absent from its streets. 

12. For it was not my enemy who reproached me. / I 
could have endured that. / Nor was it the one who 


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hated me, / who rose up against me; / I could have 
hidden myself from him. 

13. But it was you, a man who is my equal, / my kinsman 
and my friend! 

14. We ate a meal together in the house of God, / and we 
walked in harmony. 

15. Bring down death upon them! / Bury them alive in the 
grave, / because there is evil among them. 

16. As for me, I will call upon God; / and God shall save 
me. 

17. At evening and in the morning and at noon, /1 will 
pray and cry aloud; / and He shall hear my voice. 

18. Deliver my soul from those who have been too 
cunning for me, / from those who have continually 
opposed me. 

19. God, the Eternal One Himself, shall hear and humble 
them. / There are no changes in them; / therefore, 
they do not fear God. 

20. They have raised their hands against their neighbours, 
/ they have broken His covenant. 

21. They were afraid because of the anger on His 
countenance / and the wrath in His heart. / His words 
were smoother than butter, / yet they were sharp like 
the point of a spear. 

22. Cast your cares upon the Lord, / and He will sustain 
you. 

23. But You, O God, shall bring them down / into the pit 
of destruction. / Bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall 


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not live out their days; / but I will trust in You! 
(Oan on a) To You, my God, I entrust my judgment. 


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Psalm 56 

1. Be merciful to me, O God, / for man has trampled me 
down; / all the day long the fighting oppresses me. 

(Qanona) Cast me not, Lord, / into the wiles of the crafty. 

2. Daily my enemies have trampled me down; / for many 
warriors have risen up against me. 

3. I fear not during the day, / because I trust in You! 

4. In God, I will be triumphant; / in God, I have put my 

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trust; /1 will not fear what man can do to me. 

5. All the day long they conspire against me, / and they 
plot evil against me. 

6. They will wait in hiding; they will watch my steps, / 
since they wish for my death. 

7. He has no deliverer, they said. / Condemn them with 
the condemnation of the Gentiles! 

8. O God, I have professed my faith to You; / record my 
tears in Your presence in Your book. 

9. Then shall my enemies turn back; / and I will know 
that I have a God! 

10. In God, I will praise His word! / In the Lord, I will 
praise His word! 

11.1 have put my trust in God; / I will not be afraid of 
what man can do to me. 


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12. To You shall I fulfill my vows, O God! /1 will offer 
them to You with thanksgiving sacrifice. 

13. For You have delivered my soul from death, / and my 
feet from stumbling, / that I may be pleasing in Your 
sight, O God, / in the land of the living! 

(Qanona) Cast me not, Lord, / into the wiles of the crafty. 


Psalm 57 

1. Be merciful to me, O God, / be merciful to me! / For 
my soul trusts in You; / yes, in the shadow of Your 
wings will I take refuge, / until these calamities pass 
by. 

(Qanona ) My Lord and my God, / protect me from the 
tumult of men! 

2. I will cry to God Most High, / to God, my Saviour. 

3. For He has sent from heaven and delivered me. / He 
has put my enemies to shame. / God shall send forth 
His mercy and His truth. 

4. He has delivered my life from the wicked / as I slept in 
fear / and from the sons of men / whose teeth are 
spears and arrows, / and their tongues sharp swords. 

5. Be exalted above the heavens, O God! / Above all the 
earth be Your glory! 

6. They have prepared a net for my feet; / they have dug 
a pit for my soul, / and they themselves have fallen 
into it. 

7. My heart is ready, O God, / my heart is ready! /1 will 
sing and give praise in my triumph! 


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8. Awake, my harp! / Awake, lyre and harp! /1 myself 
will wake early! 

9. I will praise You, O Lord, among the people! /1 will 
sing praise to Your Name among the nations! 

10. For Your mercy is exalted to the sky / and Your 
faithfulness to the heavens! 

11. Be exalted above the heavens, O God! / Above all the 
earth be Your glory! 

(Qanona) My Lord and my God, / protect me from the 
tumult of men! 


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Psalm 58 

1. Do you indeed speak justice, O people? / Do you 
judge fairly, O sons of men? 

(Qanona) God protects the just and rejects the wicked 

2. Behold, you all speak evil on earth, / and Your hands 
are stained with injustice. 

3. The wicked are known from the womb; / they go 
astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies. 

4. Their poison is like the poison of a serpent; / they are 
like the deaf viper that stops its ears. 

5. And will not listen to the voice of the whisperer, / 
neither to the charmer nor to the wise. 

6. Break their teeth in their mouths, O God! / Pull out 
the fangs of the lions, O Lord! 


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7. Let them be rejected / like water which is 
contaminated. / Let God shoot His arrows / until the 
wicked are destroyed! 

8. Like the wax that melts and drips before the fire, / so 
let them be destroyed. / Fire has fallen from heaven, / 
and they did not see. / The light of truth has been 
given, / and they did not understand. 

9. Let thorns be increased for them, / and let fear of 
wrath shake them violently! 

10. The just shall rejoice / when he sees the vengeance. / 
He shall wash his hands / in the blood of the wicked. 

11. So that a man shall say: / Truly there is a reward for 
the just! / Truly there is a God who judges on earth! 

(Qanona) God protects the just and rejects the wicked. 


Psalm 59 

1. Deliver me from my enemies, O God! / Defend me 
from those who rise up against me! 

(Qanona) The wicked have oppressed and afflicted me! / 
Deliver me, my Lord and my God! 

2. Deliver me from those who do evil, / and save me 
from bloodthirsty men. 

3. For, behold, they lie in wait for my soul. / They have 
multiplied evils against me,/ not because I have 
transgressed, / nor because I have sinned, O Lord. 

4. They hasten to prepare themselves against me, / 
without considering whether I have been at fault. 


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5. Awake to help me, and behold, / 0 Lord God of hosts, 
the God of Israel! / Awake to punish all the nations, / 
and do not spare any of the transgressors! 

6. They return at evening; / they make a noise like dogs / 
and go about the city. 

7. Behold, they howl with their mouths; / swords are in 
their lips, / for they say: Who is there to care? 

8. But You, O Lord, shall laugh at them. / You shall 
mock all the nations. 

9. To You shall I give praise, O God, / for You are my 
defense. 

10. O God, Your lovingkindness has gone before me. / 
God has let me live to see my enemies avenged. 

11. Spare them as a living example, / lest my people 
forget. / But scatter them by Your power, / and bring 
them down, O Lord, my hope! 

12. For the sin of their mouth / and the words of their lips, 
/ let them be overcome in their pride; / for they speak 
with cursing and lying. 

13. Consume them in Your wrath! / Consume them, until 
they are no more, / that men may know that God rules 
over Jacob, / and over the ends of the earth! 

14. And at evening, let them return; / and let them make a 
noise like dogs, / and go around the city. 

15. Let them be hungry and not be filled; / nor let them 
find a resting place. 

16. But I will sing of Your power! / Yes, I will sing aloud 
of Your mercy in the morning, / for You have been 
my defense and refuge / in the day of trouble. 


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17. To You, O God, will I sing; / for You are the God of 
my refuge, / and the God of my mercy. 

(Qanona) The wicked have oppressed and afflicted me! / 
Deliver me, my Lord and my God! 

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Psalm 60 

1. O God, You have forsaken us! / You have scattered 
us! / You have been displeased with us! / O turn back 
to us again! 

(Qanona) Save those who adore You, O Christ,/ according 
to Your promise! 

2. You have made the earth tremble. / You have broken 
it. / Heal the cracks in it, / for it has weakened. 

3. You have made Your people experience hardships; / 
You have made us drink the dregs of the wine. 

4. You have worked a miracle for those who reverence 
You, / so that they need not flee from the bow. 

5. That Your beloved may escape, / save us with Your 
right hand and hear me. 

6. God has spoken in His holiness: /1 will be strong! will 
divide Shechem, / and measure out the valley of 
Succoth. 

7. Gilead is Mine, and Manasseh is Mine! / Ephraim also 
is the helmet for My head; / Judah is My royal 
scepter. 

8. Moab is My washbowl; / over Edem I will levy tribute; 
over Philistia I will triumph! 


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9. Who will lead me into Edom? / Who will bring me into 
the strong city? 

10. For behold, O God, You had cast us off, / and You 
did not go before us with our armies. 

11. Give us strength against our enemies; / for vain is the 
help of man. 

12. Through God, we shall do valiantly; / for it is He who 
shall trample down our enemies! 

(Q an on a) Save those who adore You, O Christ, / according 
to Your promise! 


Psalm 61 

1. Hear my cry, O God! / Listen to my prayer! 

(Qanona) You are everywhere, O God; / accept our 
petitions! 

2. From the end of the earth, I will cry to You / when my 
heart is overwhelmed; / for You have set me high 
upon a rock, / and have comforted me. 

3. For You have been a shelter for me, / and a strong 
tower against my enemies; 

4. I will dwell in Your tabernacle for ever; /1 will make 
my refuge the shadow of Your wings. 

5. For You, O God, have heard my vows; / You have 
iziven an inheritance / to those who revere Your 

O 

Name. 

6. You have added days to the life of the king, / and his 
years last for many generations. 


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7. He shall be established before God for ever; / mercy 
and justice shall preserve him. 

8. So shall I sing praise to Your Name for ever, / as I 
fulfill my vows. 

(Qanona) You are everywhere, O God; / accept our 
petitions! 


Psalm 62 

1. My soul waits for God; / from Him comes my 
salvation. 

( Qanona ) I submit my self to God, / for He is my true 
hope,. 

2. He alone is my God and my salvation; / He is my great 
defense; /1 shall not be moved. 

3. How long will you threaten a man / so that you may 
kill him? / You shall be like a crumbling wall / and like 
a tottering fence. 

4. For you had thought to cast him down from his high 
estate; / you delight in lies; / you bless with your 
mouths, / but you curse with your hearts. 

5. My soul, wait only for God, / for my salvation is from 
Him. 

6. He alone is my God and my salvation; / He is my 
defense; /1 shall not be moved. 

7. In God is my salvation and my glory; / God is my 
strength, my refuge and my hope. 

8. Trust in Him at all times; / you people, pour out your 
hearts before Him; / God is a refuge for us! 


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9. Surely all untrue men are like smoke; / when they are 
placed in the balance, / they are found wanting. 

10. Trust not in oppression, /and take no pride in robbery. 
/ If riches increase, / do not let your heart rejoice over 
them. 

11. God has said this once; / twice have I heard this: / that 
power belongs to God, 

12. And to You, O Lord, also belongs mercy. / For You 
repay every man according to his deeds. 

(Qcinona) I submit myself to God, / for He is my true 
hope,. 


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Psalm 63 

1. O God, You are my God! / For You I wait. / My soul 
thirsts for You; / my flesh longs for You, as in a dry 
and thirsty land / where there is no water. 

(Q an on a) In Your mercies, which are better than life, / 
have pity on me, O Compassionate One! 

2. As, in purity, I have seen You, / so may I see Your 
power and Your glory! 

3. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, / my 
lips shall praise You. 

4. Thus while I bless You while I live; /1 will lift up my 
hands to Your Name. 

5. My soul shall be satisfied as with cream and fat; / and 
my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips. 


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6. I remember You upon my bed, / and I meditate on 
You in the night watches. 

7. Because You have been my helper; / therefore in the 
shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. 

8. My soul follows You closely; / Your right hand 
upholds me. 

9. But those who seek my soul, to destroy it, / shall go 
down into the lower parts of the earth. 

10. They shall fall by the sword; / they shall be a prey for 
foxes. 

11. But the king shall rejoice in God; / every man that 
swears by Him shall glory; / but the mouths of those 
who speak lies / shall be stopped. 

(Qanona) In Your mercies, which are better than life, / 
have pity on me, O Compassionate One! 


Psalm 64 

1. Hear my voice, O God, as I pray to You! / Preserve 
my life from fear of my enemy. 

(Qanona) Protect me, my Lord and my God, / from the 
wickedness of the crafty! 

2. Hide me from the wickedness of the evil one; / from 
the corruption of those who work iniquity. 

3. Who sharpen their tongues like a sword, / and who fill 
their words with poison, like an arrow. 

4. That they may shoot in secret at the innocent; / they 
suddenly shoot at him and have no fear. 


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5. They encourage themselves with evil speech; / they 
plan to hide traps; / they say: Who will see us? 

6. They plan wickedness, / but they are destroyed / in 
order to consume evil from among men / and from the 
depths of the heart. 

7. But God is great! / Suddenly He shall shoot at them 
with an arrow. 

8. Thus their tongues shall be silenced, / and all who see 
them shall be frightened. 

9. And all men shall fear, / and shall acknowledge the 
work of God; / for they shall wisely consider the 
works of His hands. 

10. The just shall rejoice in the Lord, / and shall trust in 
Him; / and all the upright in heart shall glorify Him. 

( Qanona) Protect me, my Lord and my God, / from the 
wickedness of the crafty! 

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Psalm 65 

1. Praise is fitting to You, O God, in Zion; / and to You 
shall vows be fulfilled. 

(Qanona) It is not our hands that make our ways 
prosperous, / Christ our Saviour, / for You are the 
designer of our works / by Your power and wisdom! 

2. O hear my prayer: / to You shall all flesh come. 

3. The words of the wicked have overcome me; / as for 
our transgressions, You shall cleanse them. 


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4. Blessed is the man in whom You are pleased, / He 
whom You draw near to You, / that he may dwell in 
Your courts / and be filled with the goodness of Your 
house / and of Your holy Temple. 

5. From the majesty of Your justice, / answer us, O God 
of our salvation, / who are the hope of all the ends of 
the earth, / and of the distant peoples. 

6. You set the mountains fast by Your strength / and are 
mighty in Your power; 

7. You still the raging of the seas / and the roar of their 
waves. / The peoples shall be troubled. 

8. The inhabitants of the earth shall tremble at Your 
wonders, / from the coming of the morning until the 
evening. 

9. With glory You visited the earth and watered it; / You 
have blessed it with peace / and have greatly enriched 
it with the river of God, / which is full of water. / You 
prepared food when You established it. 

10. You have watered the fallow ground with it; / to bring 
forth fruits,/ You have sprinkled its growth with 
showers and blessed it. 

11. You crown the year with Your goodness; / and the 
calves have rich pasture. 

12. They shall be filled with the pastures of the 
wilderness, / and the hills shall be surrounded with 
glory. 

13. The pastures shall be covered with fattening sheep, / 
the valleys shall be clothed with wheat; / they shall 
rejoice; yes, they shall sing! 


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(Qcinona ) It is not our hands that make our ways 
prosperous, / Christ our Saviour, / for You are the 
designer of our works / by Your power and wisdom! 


Psalm 66 


1. Make a joyful noise to God, all lands! 

(Qanona) Glory to You, our Creator, / who gave us rest at 
night and protected us, / and awakened us in the 
morning, / so that we might see Your wonders in the 
light! 

2. Sing the praise of His Name! / Sing the praise of His 
majesty! 

3. Say to God: How wonderful are Your works! / 
Through the greatness of Your power, / Your enemies 
shall bow down before You. 


4. 

5. 

6 . 
7. 


All the earth shall worship You, / and shall sing to 
Your Name! / They shall glorify Your Name forever! 

They shall say: Come and see the works of God! / For 
His wonders are great toward the children of men. 

He turns the sea into dry land; / they crossed through 
the river on foot; / therefore we rejoiced in Him, 


He rules by His might for ever! / His eyes behold the 
nations. / Let not the rebels exalt themselves. 


8. O bless our God, you people, / and make the sound of 
His praise resound! 

9. He gives life to our souls, / and does not allow our feet 
to slip. 


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10. For You, O God, have tested us! / You have tried us 
as silver is tried. 

1 1. You brought us into the net; / You laid affliction upon 
our backs. 

12. You led us into slavery; / we went through fire and 
through water; / finally, You brought us out into a 
comfortable land. 

13. I will go into Your house with gifts; / I will fulfill my 
vows to You, 

14. Which my lips have uttered / and my mouth have 
spoken, / when I was in trouble. 

15. I will offer You burnt sacrifices of fatlings, / with the 
sweet odor of rams; /1 will offer bullocks with goats. 

16. Come and hear, all you servants of God, / and I will 
declare what He has done for my soul! 

17. I cried out to Him with my mouth, / and He has 
answered me. /1 praise Him with my tongue! 

18. If You find wickedness in my heart, O Lord, / do not 
deliver me. 

19. But truly God has heard me; / He has hearkened to the 
voice of my prayer! 

20. Blessed be God, who has not rejected my prayer, / nor 
turned His mercy away from me. 

(Qanona) Glory to You, our Creator, / who gave us rest at 
night and protected us, / and awakened us in the 
morning, / so that we might see Your wonders in the 
light! You! 


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Psalm 67 

1. May God be merciful and bless us;/ and may He cause 
His face to shine upon us. 

(Qanona) Christ, who gave the talent of spiritual silver to 
Your servants, / grant help to those who adore You, / 
who have received Your gift. 

2. So may Your ways be known upon earth,/ Your 
healing salvation among all nations. 

3. Let the people praise You o God./ Let all the people 
praise You. 

4. O let the nations be glad and sing for joy! / For You 
shall judge the people justly, / and govern the nations 
upon earth. 

5. Let the people praise You, O God! / Let all the people 
praise You! 

6. Then the earth shall yield her increase; / and God, our 
God Himself, shall bless us! 

7. God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall 
fear Him. 

(Qanona) Christ, who gave the talent of spiritual silver to 
Your servants, / grant help to those who adore You, / 
who have received Your gift. 


Psalm 68 

1. Let God arise; let His enemies be scattered! / Let 
those who hate Him flee before Him! 

(Qanona) The time has drawn near / for idols to be rooted 
out, / and for the one God, the Lord of all, / to be 
adored! 


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2. As smoke is driven away, so let them vanish; / as wax 
melts before the fire, / so let the wicked perish at the 
presence of God! 

3. But let the just be glad; / let them be valiant in the 
sight of God! / Yes, let them rejoice in His pleasure! 

4. Sing to God, sing praises to His Name! / Extol Him 
who rides upon the heavens! / The Lord is His Name; 
/ rejoice before Him! 

5. A father to the fatherless, / and the defender of 
widows / is God in His holy dwelling! 

6. God places the solitary child in a family; / He 
triumphantly releases those who are bound with 
chains; / but the rebels must dwell in the desolate 
places. 

7. O God, when You went forth before Your people, / 
when You marched through the wilderness, 

8. The earth shook, / the heavens rained down at the 
presence of God; / even Sinai itself was moved at the 
presence of God, the God of Israel! 

9. You, O God, sent an abundant rainfall / by which You 
strengthened Your inheritance / when it was weary. 

10. Your living creatures have dwelt in it; / You, O God, 
have provided from Your goodness for the poor. 

11. The Lord shall give good news with great power! 

12. Then the kings of armies shall be defeated; / and the 
household of God shall divide the spoils. 

13. Although you sleep among thorns, / you shall be 
protected, / like the wings of a dove covered with 
silver, / and her feathers with fine gold. 


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14. When God appointed a king over Zion, it became 
white as snow. 

15. Over Salmon, the mountain of God, / over the 
mountains of Bashan, / and over the mountain ridges. 

16. What do you want, O you mountains of Bashan? / 
This is the height where God desires to dwell! / Yes, 
the Lord shall dwell in it for ever. 

17. God rides upon the hosts of angels; / the Lord is 
among them, as on Sinai, in His holy place. 

18. You have ascended on high; / You have carried away 
captives; / You have blessed men with gifts; / but 
rebellious men shall not dwell in the presence of God. 

19. Blessed be the Lord, / for He has chosen us as His 
inheritance, / He, the God of our salvation. 

20. Our God is the God of salvation, / the Lord God who 
has the power of life and death. 

21. But God shall cut off the head of His enemies, / and 
the hairy crowns of the heads of those who persist in 
their sins. 

22. The Lord said: / I will rescue My people from the 
cliffs; /1 will bring back My people from the depths of 
the sea, 

23. So that your foot will be bathed in the blood of your 
enemies, / and the tongues of your dogs shall drink the 
same. 

24. They have seen Your advances, O God, / the 
advances of my God and my holy King. 

25. The princes went first, the singers followed after; / 
among them were maidens playing on timbrels. 


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26. Bless God in the assemblies! / Bless the Lord, you 
who are the wellspring of Israel. 

27. There is little Benjamin with their ruler, / the princes 
of Judah and their governors, the princes of Zebulon, 
and the princes of Naphtali. 

28. Show forth, O God, Your strength! / Strengthen, O 
God, that which You have done for us! 

29. From Your temple at Jerusalem, / kings shall bring 
gifts to You. 

30. Rebuke the wild beasts of the marshes, the multitude 
of wild bulls, / the idols of the Gentiles which are 
covered with silver! / Scatter the people who delight in 
war! 

31. Ambassadors shall come from Egypt. / Ethiopia shall 
soon stretch out her hands to God. 

32. Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth! / O sing 
praises to the Lord! 

33. To Him who rides upon the heaven of heavens! / 
From the East, His voice resounds, / and it is a mighty 
voice! 

34. Give glory to God! / His Majesty is over Israel / and 
His strength is in the heavens! 

35. O God, You are honoured from Your holy place; / the 
God of Israel is He who gives strength and power to 
His people! / Blessed be God! 

(Qanona) The time has drawn near / for idols to be rooted 
out, / and for the one God, the Lord of all, / to be 
adored! 


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Psalm 69 

1. Save me, O God, / for the waters are rising to engulf 
me! 

(Qanona) Christ, have pity on me! 

2. I am sinking in the deep mud where there is not 
foothold. / I have come into the deep waters / where 
the floods flow over me. 

3. I am wearied with my crying; / my throat is dry; / my 
eyes fail while I wait for God! 

4. Those who hate me without cause / are more 
numerous than the hairs of my head. / Those who 
want to destroy me are mighty / and they are my 
enemies wrongfully.. / Then I restored what I took 
lawfully. 

5. O God, You know my foolishness, / and my sins are 
not hidden from You. 

6. Let not those who trust in You / be ashamed because 
of me, O Lord God of hosts! / Let not those who seek 
You / be dishonoured through me, / O God of Israel! 

7. Because for Your sake I have endured insult; / shame 
has covered my face. 

8. I have become a stranger to my brethren, / and an 
alien to my mother’s children. 

9. Because zeal for Your house has made me 
courageous; / and the insults of those who insult You 
have fallen upon me. 

10. When I humbled and corrected my soul with fasting, / 
that was made a reproach against me. 


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11. I made sackcloth my garment, / and I became a 
byword to them. 

12. Those who sit at the gate speak against me; / and I 
was in the song of the drunkards. 

13. But as for me, my prayer is to You, O Lord, / in an 
acceptable time. / O God, in the multitude of Your 
mercies, answer me, / in the abundance of Your 
salvation. 

14. Deliver me from the mud, and do not let me sink! / 
Let me be delivered from those who hate me, / and 
from the deep waters! 

15. Do not let the floods overwhelm me, / nor let the deep 
swallow me up; / and let not the well close its mouth 
over me. 

16. Answer me, O Lord, / for Your lovingkindness is 
good! / Turn to me in the multitude of Your tender 
mercies. 

17. And do not hide Your face from Your servant; / for I 
am in trouble; / answer me speedily! 

18. Draw near to my soul and redeem it; / deliver me as 
an answer to my enemies. 

19. You know my reproach and my shame, / and my 
dishonour is spread about before all my adversaries. 

20. Heal my broken heart and bind it. / I looked for 
someone to take pity, / but there was no one; / I 
looked for comforters, / but I found none. 

21. They gave me bitter herbs for my food; / and in my 
thirst, they gave me vinegar to drink. 


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22. Let their table become a snare for them; / and that 
which should have been their reward, / let it become a 
trap. 

23. Let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see; / 
and make their backs bend continually. 

25. Pour out Your indignation on them, / and let Your 
wrathful anger overtake them. 

26. Let their home be desolate; / and let no one dwell in 
their tents. 

26. They have persecuted the one whom You smote; / 
they added grief to the one who is wounded. 

27. Add the punishment of iniquity to their iniquity, / that 
they may not enter into Your justice. 

28. Let them be blotted out of Your book of the living, / 
and not be counted among the just. 

29. But I am poor and sorrowful. / Let Your salvation help 
me, O God! 

30. I will praise the Name of God with a song, / and will 
glorify Him with thanksgiving. 

31. This shall please the Lord more than an ox or bullock / 
that has horns and hoofs. 

32. The humble shall see this and rejoice; / and your 
hearts shall live, you who seek God. 

33. For the Lord hears the poor, / and He does not reject 
His own who are prisoners. 

34. Let the heaven and earth praise Him, / the seas and 
everything that moves in them. 


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35. For God will save Zion, / and He will build up the 
cities of Judah! 

36. His servants shall dwell in it and shall inherit it; / those 
who love His Name shall dwell there. 

(Qanona) Christ, have pity on me! 


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Psalm 70 

1. Make haste, O God, to deliver me! / Make haste to 
help me, Lord! 

(Qanona) My Lord and my God, help me! 

2. Let those be ashamed and confounded / who seek 
after my soul! / Let those be turned back and put to 
confusion, / who desire my harm. 

3. Let those be confounded by continual shame / who 
say to me: Aha, aha! 

4. Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in 
You! / And let those who love Your salvation say 
continually: / May God be glorified! 

5. But I am poor and needy. / Hasten to me, O God! / 
You are my help and my deliverer! / O Lord, do not 
delay! 

(Qanona) My Lord and my God, help me! 


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Psalm 71 

1. In You, O Lord, I put my trust; / let me never be put 
to shame. 

(Qanona) Come, my brethren, let us take refuge in prayer, 
/ for it is a strong weapon; / and by it, we will conquer 
Satan, / our enemy, the hater of our race. 

2. In Your justice, deliver me and rescue me; / incline 
Your ear to me and save me. 

3. Be to me a sheltering rock / where I can constantly 
find refuge; / give the command that I may be saved, / 
for You are my rock and my fortress. 

4. Deliver me, O God, from the hand of the wicked, / 
from the hand of the unjust and cruel man. 

5. For You are my hope, O Lord; / You are my trust 
from my youth, O God! 

6. On You have 1 depended from the womb; / You are 
my hope since I was in my mother’s body; / my praise 
is constantly to You. 

7. I am a wonder to many; / but You are my strong 
refuge. 

8. Let my mouth be filled with Your praise / and with 
Your glory all the day. 

9. Cast me not off in my old age; / do not forsake me 
when my strength fails. 

10. For my enemies speak together against me; / and those 
who lie in wait for my soul take counsel together, 

11. Saying: God has forsaken him. / Pursue him and 
overtake him, / for there is no one to deliver him. 


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12. O God, be not far from me! / O my God, hasten to 
help me! 

13. Let them be ashamed and embarrassed who envy my 
soul; / let the be covered with shame who seek to 
harm me. 

14. But I will pray continually, / and will praise You yet 
more and more. 

15. My mouth shall declare Your justice / and Your 
salvation all the day, / though I do not know their 
extent. 

16. I will live on by the power of the Lord; / I will 
proclaim Your justice, Yours alone. 

17. O God, You have taught me from my youth, / so that 
I might declare Your wonderful works. 

18. Now that I am old, with gray hairs, / O God, do not 
forsake me; / until I have proclaimed Your strength 
and Your might / to the generation that is to come. 

19. Your justice, O God, reaches to the heavens; / You 
have done great deeds; / O God, who is like You? 

20. You. who have made me suffer great and grievous 
afflictions, / shall give me life again / and shall bring 
me up from the depth of the earth. 

21. You have increased my greatness, / and have returned 
to comfort me. 

22. I will praise You with the lyre, /1 will sing of Your 
truth, O my God; / to You will I sing with the harp, / 
O You, the Holy One of Israel! 


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23. My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing to You, / and 
my soul, which You have redeemed. 

24. My tongue also shall speak of Your justice, / all the 
day long; / for those who sought to harm me / have 
been confounded and brought to shame. 

(Qanona ) Come, my brethren, let us take refuge in prayer, / 
for it is a strong weapon; / and by it, we will conquer 
Satan, / our enemy, the hater of our race. 


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Psalm 72 

1. Give Your judgments to the king, O God, / and Your 
justice to the king’s son; 

(Qanona) The grace of God from above / has been poured 
forth on all / in the coming of Christ, the Saviour of all 
creatures! 

2. That he may judge Your people with uprightness / and 
Your poor with justice. 

3. The mountains shall bring peace to Your people, and 
the hills Your justice. 

4. He shall judge the poor of the people; / he shall save 
the children of the needy; / and he shall crush the 
oppressor. 

5. They shall revere You / as long as the sun and moon 
endure, / throughout all generations. 

6. He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass, / 
like showers that water the earth. 


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7. In his days, the just shall flourish, / and an abundance 
of peace so long as the moon endures. 

8. He shall have dominion from sea to sea, / and from 
the river to the ends of the earth. 

9. Those who dwell on the islands shall bow before him; 
/ and his enemies shall lick the dust. 

10. The kings of Tarshish and the islands shall bring 
presents; / the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer 
gifts. 

11. Yes, all kings shall worship him; / all nations shall 
serve him. 

12. For he shall deliver the needy from the mighty, / and 
the poor, also, who have no helper. 

13. He shall spare the poor and the needy, / and shall save 
the souls of the needy. 

14. He shall redeem their souls from deceit and violence; / 
precious shall their blood be in his sight. 

15. And he shall live / and to him shall be given the gold of 
Sheba. / Prayer shall be offered to him continually / 
and daily shall he be praised. 

16. He shall multiply like the wheat upon the earth. / His 
seed shall spring up on the mountain tops, as on 
Lebanon; / and those of the city shall flourish like the 
grass of the earth. 

17. His name shall endure for ever. / His name shall 
continue as long as the sun; / and men shall be blessed 
in him. / All nations shall call him blessed. 


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18. Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, / who 
alone does wondrous deeds! 

19. And blessed be His glorious Name for ever; / and let 
the whole earth be filled with His glory. / Amen and 
Amen! 

(Qanona ) The grace of God from above / has been poured 
forth on all / in the coming of Christ, the Saviour of all 
creatures! 


Psalm 73 

1. Truly God is good to Israel, / and to those who are 
pure in heart. 

(Qanona) Our Lord, Your Spirit is patient, / and Your 
punishment is sharp. 

2. But as for me, my feet were almost gone/ my steps 
had nearly slipped. 

3. For I was envious of the wicked / when I saw the 
prosperity of the ungodly. 

4. For there is no end to their death, / and their folly is 
great. 

5. They do not share in the sufferings of men; / nor are 
they scourged like other men. 

6. Therefore, pride has overtaken them; / they have 
concealed their wickedness and ungodliness. 

7. Their iniquity comes through like grease; / they follow 
the evil dictates of the heart. 

8. They imagine and speak evil things; / they talk 
unjustly against the Most High. 


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9. Their mouths speak as though they were of heaven, / 
but their tongues drag in the dirt. 

10. Therefore, my people will return here, / and they shall 
have everything in abundance. 

11. They shall say: How does God know? / And is there 
any knowledge in the Most High? 

12. Behold, these are the ungodly, / who prosper in this 
world; / they are strong in power. 

13. As for me, I have cleansed my heart, / and washed my 
hands in innocence. 

14. All the day long, I have been plagued / and am 
chastened every morning. 

15. If I say: I shall do as they do, / this would be sinful for 
me. 

16. When I tried to understand this, / it was too painful for 
me, 

17. Until I went into the sanctuary of God; / then I 
understood their end. 

18. You have assigned their fate / according to their 
deceitfulness. / You cast them down / when they 
exalted themselves. 

19. How they are reduced to desolation, as in a moment! / 
They are completely consumed with terrors! 

20. As one who wakes from a dream, / so, O Lord, shall 
You reject their idolatry. 

21. Thus my heart was grieved / and my conscience 
troubled me. 

22. So foolish was I, and ignorant; / I was like a beast 
before You. 


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23. You shall comfort me with Your counsel, / and lead 
me according to Your honour. 

24. Whom have I in heaven but You? / And whom have I 
desired on earth besides You? 

25. Nevertheless, I am continually with You. / You have 
held me by my right hand. 

26. My flesh and my heart fail; / but God is the strength of 
my heart / and my portion for ever, 

27. For behold, those who are far from You shall perish; / 
You have destroyed all those who go astray from You. 

28. I was pleased to draw near to God; / I have put my 
trust in the Lord God, / so that I may declare all Your 
works. 

(Qanona) Our Lord, Your Spirit is patient, / and Your 
punishment is sharp. 


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Psalm 74 

1. O God, why have You cast us off forever? / Why has 
Your anger become inflamed / against the sheep of 
Your flock? 

(Qanona) Lord of all, who reveal everything, / do not cast 
out those who adore You! 

2. Remember Your congregation, / which is Your 
possession from of old: / the tribe of Your 
inheritance,/ which You have redeemed, / this mount 
Zion, in which You have dwelt. 


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3. Exalt Your servants over those who are carried away 
by their power, / all the oppressors are enemies of 
Your sanctuary. 

4. Your enemies exalted themselves in the midst of Your 
feasts; / they set up their banners as signs. 

5. You know this, as You are the exalted One who is 
enthroned on high. / They have cut down the doors 
with axes, / as they would cut the trees of the forest. 

6. They have destroyed everything / with axes and 
hammers. 

7. They set fire and burned Your sanctuary; / they have 
defiled the dwelling place of Your Name on earth! 

8. They have said in their hearts: / Let us destroy them 
together! / Let us abolish all the feasts of the Lord 
from the land! 

9. They did not see the wonderful works in them, / for 
there is no longer any prophet, / nor is there any wise 
man among us. 

10. O God, how long shall the adversary triumph? / Shall 
the enemy blaspheme Your Name for ever? 

11. Why withdraw Your hand, / and Your strength from 
the midst of Your flock? 

12. For God is our King, / who from of old has decreed 
the salvation of Jacob. 

13. You divided the sea by Your strength. / You shattered 
the heads of the dragons in the waters. 

14. You broke the heads of Leviathan to pieces, / and You 
fed him as food to a strong people. 


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15. You released the fountains in the valleys. / You dried 
up mighty rivers. 

16. The day is Yours, and the night is also Yours. / You 
have prepared the light and the sun 

17. You have set all the boundaries of the earth. / You 
have made summer and winter. 

18. Remember this: that the enemy has reviled You, O 
Lord, / and that a foolish people has blasphemed Your 
Name. 

19. Hand not over to destruction the soul that confesses 
You; / do not forget the souls of Your poor for ever. 

20. Honour Your covenant, O Lord, / for the dwellings of 
the earth are full of ignorance and cruelty. 

21. Do not let those oppressed return in shame; / let the 
poor and needy praise Your Name! 

22. Arise, O God, defend Your own cause! / Remember 
how the foolish man blasphemes You daily. 

23. Forget not the voice of Your enemies; / the tumult of 
those who rise up against You ascends continually! 

(Qanona) Lord of all, who reveal everything, / do not cast 
out those who adore You! 


Psalm 75 

1. We give thanks to You, O God ! / We give thanks to 
You and call upon Your Name! 

(Qanona) Let us honour the feast of Your baptism, O 
Christ our Saviour! 


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2. We will proclaim all Your wondrous deeds! / Then the 
time will come when I shall judge justly! 

3. Then the earth and all who dwell in it shall be 
humbled! / You have established all the people on it. 

4. You said to the fools: Do not act foolishly! / And to 
the wicked: Do not lift up your horns! 

5. Lift not up your horns on high! / Do not speak with 
stubbornness! 

6. For defence comes neither from the west nor from the 
east, / nor from the desert mountains. 

7. But God is the judge! / He brings one low, and lifts up 
another! 

8. For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup, / full of the 
mixture of the dregs of the wine; / and He passes it 
from one to another; / surely all the wicked of the 
earth shall drink its dregs. 

9. But I will live for ever! /1 will sing praises to the God 
of Jacob! 

10. All the horns of the wicked will I cut off! / But the 
horns of the just shall be exalted! 

(Qanona) Let us honour the feast of Your baptism, O 
Christ our Saviour! 


Appendix I 

VARIANT KAROZWATA FOR LELJA, 
“THE NIGHT LITURGY” 

1. SUBBARA: ANNUNCIATION 

D: Let us stand with joy and exultation, and let us pray, 
saying: “Have mercy on us, O Lord!” 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: O Christ, who are eternally born from the Father 
without beginning, Splendour of His glory and Image 
of His Being, You hold and govern all creation by the 
power of Your word: we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: O Christ, You were born in time at the fulness of time 
from the Virgin Mary, the fountain of holiness, for the 
salvation of our nature and for the liberation of all 
creatures: we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: O Christ, eternal Son, one in Being with the Father, 
Son begotten before the Morning Star, You were born 
in Bethlehem to put the seal on all prophecies: we 
implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: O Christ, Lord of David through Your Divinity, and 
Son of David through Your humanity, You were born 
of the house of David to fulfill the prophecies of 
David, Your ancestor: we implore You. 


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R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: O Christ, You were incarnate of the Virgin Mary 
without marriage, the wondrous Child, the Son of 
marvel, the all-powerful God of all ages, the Prince of 
peace, according to the prophecy of Isaiah, the most 
glorious among the prophets: we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: O Christ, Sun of Justice who rose and shone forth 
from the house of David, You revealed Your glory in 
our human nature to crown the prophecies of Jeremiah 
and Malachy: we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: O Christ, at Your birth in the flesh, You were glorified 
by angels and proclaimed by shepherds, witnessed to 
by Simeon and acknowledged by Anna: we implore 
You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: O Christ, at Your birth the angels cried out: “Glory to 
God in the highest”; and because of it, they 
announced: “And on earth, peace and hope to people 
at all times”: we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: O Christ, in Your birth from a daughter of Eve, You 
have remitted and annulled the sentence of 
condemnation against Eve, and have promised a new 
life, good hope and salvation to all the children of Eve: 
we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 


D: O Christ, the second Adam, in Your birth from the 
daughter of Eve, You have rejuvenated the oldness of 
the first Adam and prepared a dwelling for him in 
heaven instead of his place in the passing earthly 
Paradise: we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: For our Holy Father Mar successor of Peter and 
head of all the Churches of God, for our Major 

Archbishop Mar..., for our Archbishop Mar., for 

our Bishop Mar., for all the Bishops and for all their 

fellow-ministers, we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: Lord, who are rich in Your blessings and an ocean of 
mercy, we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: Lord God, by Your precious blood, You have 
redeemed the Church. Grant peace to her children, 
and at Your glorious coming, make us stand on Your 
right along with the just. 

R: Amen. 

2. DENHA: EPIPHANY 

D: Let us stand with joy and exultation, and let us pray, 
saying: ‘‘Have mercy on us, O Lord!” 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: O Christ, by Your holy manifestction, You shed light 
on us; You granted us the fulness of salvation and 
complete liberation from captivity of our enemies and 
adversaries: we implore You. 




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R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: O Christ, at Your holy manifestation, You were 
baptized in the Jordan, not because Your purity had 
any need to be cleansed, but in order to give us the 
inheritance of adoption as sons through Your baptism: 
we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: O Christ, by Your holy Baptism, You have purified 
us from our defilements, washed away our impurity, 
cleansed our stains and made us children of Your 
Divinity: we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: O Christ, Lord of Glory, You emptied Yourself of 
Your splendour and were baptized by Your servant; 
by Your Baptism, You have sanctified the creation 
which You fashioned, and have opened the gates of 
repentance to those who are baptized into You: we 
impnore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: O Christ, You have pardoned us by Your Baptism, 
sanctified us by Your bath, purified us by Your purity, 
and have prepared for us the way into Your Kingdom: 
we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: O Christ, You were baptized by Your servant, 
although You had no need of it, showing us the way of 
humility: we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 


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D: O Christ, by Your Baptism of remission, You have 
sanctified the seas and rivers, the fountains and wells, 
the streams and lakes, and all the elements - but 
especially the waters: we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: O Christ, by Your holy Baptism, You have revealed 
Your Mystery; in the abundance of Your mercy, 
accept our vigil and prayers, we implore You. 

R. Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: For our Holy Father Mar ...., successor of Peter and 
head of all the Churches of God, for our Major 

Archbishop Mar..., for our Archbishop Mar., for 

our Bishop Mar., for all the Bishops and for all their 

fellow-ministers, we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: Lord, who are rich in Your blessings and an ocean of 
mercy, we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: Lord God, by Your precious blood, You have 
redeemed the Church. Grant peace to her children, 
and at Your glorious coming, make us stand on Your 
right along with the just. 

R: Amen. 

3. SAYVMA RABBA: GREAT FAST 

D: Lest us stand with repentance and earnestness, and let 
us pray, saying: “Lord, have mercy on us/’ 

R: Lord, have mercy on us! 




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D: You open the door of repentance to all sinners: we 
implore You. 

R: Lord, have mercy on us! 

D: You came to call sinners to the path of repentance: we 
implore You. 

R: Lord, have mercy on us! 

D: During the time of his fast, You showed Moses the 
work of the ordering of creation: we implore You. 

R: Lord, have mercy on us! 

D: During Moses’ fast, You revealed to him the origins of 
the world and the future realities to come: we implore 
You. 

R: Lord, have mercy on us! 

D: You reconcile sinners by fasting, and You made the 
face of Moses shine: we implore You. 

R: Lord, have mercy on us! 

D: You strengthened the prophet Elijah to walk a long 
way and revealed Yourself to him through his forty 
day fast: we implore You. 

R: Lord, have mercy on us! 

D: You reconciled the Ninivites through fasting, turned 
away Your anger from them and did not destroy them: 
we implore You. 

R: Lord, have mercy on us! 

D: You revealed hidden things to Daniel while he was 
fasting and shut the mouths of the hungry lions so that 
they did not hurt him: we implore You. 

R: Lord, have mercy on us! 


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D: You cooled the flames of the fire around Ananaias and 
his companions who were fasting: we implore You. 

R: Lord, have mercy on us! 

D: You make those who fast worthy to dwell with the 
spiritual angels: we implore You. 

R: Lord, have mercy on us! 

D: By Your holy Fast, You paid the debt of Adam, the 
head of creation, who was greedy for the fruit and 
sinned in Paradise: we implore You. 

R: Lord, have mercy on us! 

D: You defeated Satan with regard to the love of glory 
and power, with which he tempted You: we implore 
You. 

R: Lord, have mercy on us! 

D: For our Holy Father Mar ...., successor of Peter and 
head of all the Churches of God, for our Major 

Archbishop Mar..., for our Archbishop Mar., for 

our Bishop Mar., for all the Bishops and for all their 

fellow-ministers, we implore You. 

R: Lord, have mercy on us! 

D: Lord, who are rich in Your blessings and an ocean of 
mercy, we implore You. 

R: Lord, have mercy on us! 

D: Lord God, by Your precious blood, You have 
redeemed the Church. Grant peace to her children, 
and at Your glorious coming, make us stand on Your 
right along with the just. 

R: Amen. 




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4. QYAMTA: RESURRECTION 

D: Let us stand with joy and exultation, and let us pray, 
saying: “Have mercy on us, O Lord!" 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: Lord, You have lowered Yourself unto death on the 
Cross; after that, You were crowned with glory and 
honour, and have received a Name above all Names: 
we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: Lord, You have been subjected to death for our sake; 
yet You were delivered from the pangs of death; You 
thus received the titles of Lord and Messiah: we 
implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: Lord, You have conquered death, sit at the right hand 
of the Father and mediate for us: we implore You: 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: Lord, You have defeated even death, the last enemy; 
by this, You have become the first fruit of those who 
have fallen asleep in the Lord and have caused the 
resurrection of all people: we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: Lord, You have returned good for evil and have 
overcome the world; You have been given all authority 
in heaven and on earth: we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: Lord, by Your life, You have shown us that the 


difficulties of this life are nothing when compared to 
the glory that is yet to be revealed: we implore You. 

S: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: For our Holy Father Mar successor of Peter and 
head of all the Churches of God, for our Major 

Archbishop Mar..., for our Archbishop Mar., for 

our Bishop Mar., for all the Bishops and for all their 

fellow-ministers, we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: Lord, w ; ho are rich in Your blessings and an ocean of 
mercy, we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: Lord God, by Your precious blood, You have 
redeemed the Church. Grant peace to her children, 
and at Your glorious coming, make us stand on Your 
right along w ith the just. 

R: Amen. 

5. SLIHE: APOSTLES 

D: Let us stand with joy and exultation, and let us pray, 
saying: “Have mercy on us, O Lord!" 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: O Christ, You fulfilled and accomplished Your 
promise by sending down the Holy Spirit upon Your 
disciples in the form of tongues of fire: we implore 
You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 




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D: O Christ, You filled Your apostles with wisdom so that 
they became Your heralds throughout the whole 
world: we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: O Christ, You consoled Your disciples and in Your 
mercy brought an end to their sadness by the 
Consoler-Paraclete whom You sent down upon them; 
by It they worked all types of signs and wonders: we 
implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: O Christ, You taught us to pray and not to become 
slothful: we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D O Christ, You spent the night in prayer to God for our 
salvation, we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: O Christ, You gave us a proof of Your mercy through 
our earthly parents: we implore You. 

R- Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: O Christ, You saved us from powerful Death, and we 
trust in You to save us: we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: O Christ, You saved us from the powers of darkness 
and brought us into the Kingdom of Your beloved 
Father: we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: O Christ, You said: Ask and you shall receive; seek 
and you shall find; knock and the treasury of mercy 


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will be opened to you: we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: For our Holy Father Mar successor of Peter and 
head of all the Churches of God, for our Major 

Archbishop Mar..., for our Archbishop Mar., for 

our Bishop Mar., for all the Bishops and for all their 

fellow-ministers, we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us. O Lord! 

D: Lord, who are rich in Your blessings and an ocean of 
mercy, we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: Lord God, by Your precious blood, You have 
redeemed the Church. Grant peace to her children, 
and at Your glorious coming, make us stand on Your 
right along with the just. 

R: Amen. 

6. QAITA: SUMMER 

D: Let us stand with joy and exultation, and let us pray, 
saying: ‘ k Have mercy on us, O Lord!" 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: O our God, abounding in mercies, who justifies sinners 
without any recompense: we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: O good Shepherd, who went forth to seek us, and 
gave Yourself up for us, we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 




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D: O Physician of our nature, who came and were 
revealed in the flesh, pardoned our trespasses and 
healed our wounds: we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: O true Judge, who are not always angry, but are 
patient with us in the hope that we may repent: we 
implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: O Lord, who granted the penitent hope and comfort 
by the example of the publicans and prostitutes whom 
You received and pardoned: we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: For sinners, that they may repent; for the repentant, 
that they may be made righteous; and for the 
righteous, that they may be perfected: we implore 
You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: That the rest of our lives may be spent in peace and 
repentance: we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: That the end of our lives may be Christian, painless, 
unashamed and peaceful; and for a good defence 
before Your awesome judgment seat: we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: For our Holy Father Mar ...., successor of Peter and 
head of all the Churches of God, for our Major 

Archbishop Mar..., for our Archbishop Mar., for 

our Bishop Mar., for all the Bishops and for all their 

fellow-ministers, we implore You. 




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R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: Lord, who are rich in Your blessings and an ocean of 
mercy, we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: Lord God, by Your precious blood, You have 
redeemed the Church. Grant peace to her children, 
and at Your glorious coming, make us stand on Your 
right along with the just. 

R: Amen. 

7. ELIJAH-SLIBA+MUSE: ELIAS-CROSS+MOSES 

D: Let us stand with joy and exultation, and let us pray, 
saying: 4k Have mercy on us, O Lord!” 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: O mighty Lord, Eternal Being, who dwell in the 
highest of heights: we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: In Your great love which You have for us, You 
honoured our race by fashioning it in the image of 
Your glory: we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: You promised to faithful Abraham good things for all 
those who love You, and by the revelation of Christ 
made them known to Your Church: we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: You did not wish our nature to perish, but that we 
should repent and turn from the error of darkness to 
the light of the knowledge of truth: we implore You. 


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R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: You alone are the Maker and Fashioner of all created 
things, and You dwell in the most wonderful Light: we 
implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: For our Holy Father Mar successor of Peter and 
head of all the Churches of God, for our Major 

Archbishop Mar..., for our Archbishop Mar., for 

our Bishop Mar., for all the Bishops and for all their 

fellow-ministers, we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: Lord, who are rich in Your blessings and an ocean of 
mercy, we pray You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: Lord God, by Your precious blood, You have 
redeemed the Church. Grant peace to her children, 
and at Your glorious coming, make us stand on Your 
right along with the just. 

R Amen. 

8. QUDAS EDTA: DEDICATION OF THE CHURCH 

D: Let us stand with joy and exultation, and let us pray, 
saying: “Have mercy on us, O Lord!” 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: O Christ, You saved the Church from the errors of 
idolatry, and You have made it so much like its 
heavenly model that the angels dwell in it: we implore 
You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 




D: O Christ, in Your love You gathered the Church from 
among the peoples who had been subject to Satan; and 
You have filled it with the sound of hymns in praise of 
You: we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: O Christ, You redeemed Your Church by Your Body 
and Your precious Blood. You sanctified it at Your 
Baptism; You protect it by Your grace; and You have 
made it the dwelling and refuge of all those who 
believe in You: we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: O Christ, in Your love, You have taught us that 
anyone who seeks anything from God should come to 
the temple of Your Church and present there His 
requests and prayers: we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: O Christ, through the mouth of David, inspired by 
the Holy Spirit, You have called Your Church ‘the 
Daughter of the King, standing in glory’; she renders 
glory to the Son of the King; she and her children 
venerate Your Cross: we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: O Christ, You made Your Church Your Bride in Your 
love; and You have given her the incorruptible gift of 
imperishable dowries: we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: O Christ, in Your Church, You have appointed some 
of her sons as stewards of Your Mysteries and 


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Teachers of Your commandments, and have given 
them power in heaven and on earth: we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: O Christ, You have given Your holy Cross to Your 
Church ; by it, she triumphs over Satan and his 
snares; it uproots all schismatic divisions and 
contentions, so that she can praise You blamelessly: 
we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: O Christ, You formed Your Church as a model of the 
heavenly Jerusalem, and You exalted her by placing 
her in the heavenly bridal-chamber, so that all the 
mercies of Your love dwell in her: we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: For our Holy Father Mar successor of Peter and 
head of all the Churches of God, for our Major 

Archbishop Mar..., for our Archbishop Mar., for 

our Bishop Mar., for ail the Bishops and for all their 

fellow-ministers, we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: Lord, who are rich in Your blessings and an ocean of 
mercy, we implore You. 

R: Have mercy on us, O Lord! 

D: Lord God, by Your precious blood, You have 
redeemed the Church. Grant peace to her children, 
and at Your glorious coming, make us stand on Your 
right along with the just. 

R: Amen. 




Appendix II 

IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE DEPARTED 

(Little Office for the Dead) 


D: You who raise the dead to life, we revere Your holy 
Name. 

Let us pray. Peace be with us. 

C: O Lord of mercy, those who lament their beloved 
dead cry to You, and those who mourn place their 
trust in You. According to Your promises, come to 
the comfort of Your servant(s). For You are the Lord 
of life and death, O Lord of all, Father, Son and Holy 
Spirit, forever. 

R; Amen. 

Ollita (Malka Mishiha..) 

(in alternating Choirs) 

My Lord, I will praise You! 

When You come in glory, Lord, 
at the end of time to judge, 
with love place me at Your right 
with Your chosen holy ones. 

My Lord, 1 have trusted You! 

Lord, I worship and bow down 
as I look upon Your Cross, 
which gives hope for redemption 
and our own resurrection. 


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Heaven and earth belong to You! 

Heav’n and earth belong to You, 
the Refuge of the living. 

Lord, grant Your eternal life 
to the dead in Your mercy. 

Rejoicing, they will sing hymns of joy. 

Grant forgiveness of their sins 
to the dead in Your mercy, 

Lord, remember they are Yours 
through their holy baptism. 

They will rejoice in His joy. 

Lord, in mercy, grant a share 
in Your eternal banquet 
to those who on earth received 
Your Body and precious Blood. 

None of them was left behind. 

When it rains on paddy fields, 
seeds break open and they grow. 

When the trumpet blast sounds forth, 
life shall dawn for all the dead. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. 
Father, Son and Spirit blest, 
pity us, poor mortal beings. 

Grant us life and admit us 
to the land of lasting life. 

F rom eternity and forever. Amen. 

I can see with clear faith, Lord, 

Your eyes which behold all things. 

Judge me not according to 
my sins though they be many. 


D: Let us pray. Peace be with us! 


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C: O Lord, let Your compassion always follow us and 
Your great mercy wipe away our sins. May the 
glorious Triune God assist us always. For You are the 
Lord of life and death, Lord of all, Father, Son and 
Holy Spirit, forever. 

R: Amen. Bless, O Lord! 

C: O Lord, You are glorious in heaven and on earth.You 
are the reason for our life and the hope of our souls. 
For You are the Lord of life and death,Lord of all. 
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,forever. 

R: Amen. 


Madrasa (Lathekrelak....Qambel Maran...) 
A. When the Office follows Qurbcina 


C: Receive, O Lord, 
in Your presence 
this sacrifice 
which Your servants 
have offered You 
with sincere faith. 

R: Receive, O Lord (Repeat) 

C: Just as before 
You accepted 
sacrifices 
from our Fathers, 

Noah, Jacob 
and Abraham. 

R: Receive, O Lord (Repeat) 




C: Just as once Your 
blest Apostles 
humbly gathered 
and offered this 
new sacrifice 
at Your command. 

R: Receive, O Lord ( Repeat) 

B. When the Office is separate from Qurbana 

C: O most high King, 
our Lord Jesus, 
grant Your blessings 
to all the dead. 

May they awake 
with ra-diant face. 

R: O most high Kin g...(Repeat) 

C: On judgment day 
in bright triumph 
the trumpet blast 
will then resound 
throughout the world: 
it is holy! 

R: O most high King.. .(Repeat) 

C: Lord Jesus Christ, 
grant to the dead 
entrance to Your 
wedding chamber 
of endless bliss 
that never fails. 

R: O most high Kin g...(Repeat) 



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Surraya (Psalm 129) 


D: Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord! You 
who raise the dead to life, we revere Your holy 
Name. 


(in alternating Choirs) 

Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord! 
And You have heard my voice. 

O let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my 
supplications. 

If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who 
would survive? 

But with You is found forgiveness; for this we 
revere You. 

I trust in the Lord. 

My soul waits for His word. 

I have waited for the Lord from the morning 
watch even until the night watch. 

Let Israel hope in the Lord. 

From Him comes mercy 

and with Him is plenteous redemption. 

He shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the 
Holy Spirit. 

From eternity and forever. Amen. 

D: You who raise the dead to life, we revere Your holy 
Name. 

Let us pray. Peace be with us. 

C: O Lord, You raised Lazarus by Your powerful and 
life-giving word. Grant that Your (sen>ant, handmaid, 



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servants, handmaidens) may hear the same voice on the 
day of judgment. May You keep (him, her, them) on 
Your right hand; for You are a forgiving, merciful and 
just God, who are Lord of the living and the dead, 
Lord of all, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, forever. 

R: Amen. Bless, O Lord! 

C: Lord, in Your mercy raise to life those who have died. 
Kindly protect those who are alive. Gloriously raise the 
souls of the dead who have gone forth from among us 
with the hope of resurrection. For You are Lord 
always, Lord eternal, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, 
forever. 

R: Amen. Bless, O Lord! 

C: God, Saviour and Lord of all, on the final judgment 
day when You appear on the clouds with the nail- 
prints of the Cross and with the heavenly hosts, when 
the gates of heaven will be opened and when the dead 
will be raised from their graves: on that day, when the 
just will be separated from the wicked, kindly receive 

OUr departed ( brother , sister, brothers, sisters) into the 

heavenly kingdom which has been prepared from the 
very beginning of time for Your elect. May Your 
grace and mercy remain always upon us and upon this 
community, now + and always and forever and ever. 

R: Amen. 






















































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